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Friedgen: Some players were 'star-struck, nervous' against West Virginia

There are days when Ralph Friedgen is in a good mood. There are days when he is not in a good mood. And it’s easy to tell the difference. On Wednesday night, Friedgen was not in a good mood because of a sloppy practice. It’s a particular concern for Friedgen because the team also practiced poorly at the end of last week and it showed up in the first half of the West Virginia game.

Some tidbits:

Linebacker Darin Drakeford is definitely out now for Saturday because of a slight tear in his shoulder. Tight ends Will Yeatman and Devonte Campbell are very rusty and how much either can contribute Saturday remains to be seen.

Travis Baltz beat Nick Ferrara in Wednesday’s kicking competition in practice. The two have been going back and forth all week. There is no question that Ferrara has a stronger leg, but his problem has been getting too many kicks blocked.

Friedgen has talked to the team about fighting through recent adversity – injuries – and that sometimes it works to your advantage because other players step up. Friedgen said if the team can “get through this crisis, maybe [R.J.] Dill will be a better player because of it.”

Turnovers could play a big role in this game. Maryland has not had significant turnover issues, like it had last season. Still, FIU has forced eight turnovers already in just two games. Friedgen said the FIU’s linebackers and safeties hang back and specifically look at the quarterback’s eyes and then spring to the ball. “If you have an experienced quarterback, it could work for you,” Friedgen said. “If you don’t, that’s what worries me.”

Expect Ryan Donohue and David Mackall to see more playing time.

Regarding the West Virginia loss, Friedgen said players were “star-struck, nervous and afraid of making mistakes.”

“It’s a work in progress,” Friedgen said. “You have to hang with them.”

By Eric Prisbell  | September 23, 2010; 7:53 AM ET
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Ralph's a real piece of work...his program has been star-struck and nervous for big games for the past 5 years. This guy is ripping off the state of maryland with his $2M contract and endless excuses and blame game that have no association with him. He's the failure!

Different players, same results. what is the common factor?

The players' fear of making mistakes is from Ralph.

Posted by: minhle1 | September 23, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Starstruck? Nervous?


Lousey excuses for a lousey performance!

Posted by: sbf845 | September 24, 2010 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Ralph's a real piece of work...his program has been star-struck and nervous for big games for the past 5 years.

Posted by: minhle1 | September 23, 2010 10:12 AM

That explains the Terps 6-0 record vs ranked teams from 07 til the end of 08. Great analysis minhle1.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 24, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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