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Expect no changes to Maryland's offensive line this week

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen just spent about 15 minutes with reporters on a teleconference. Now he is getting ready to head over to a D.C. hospital to see redshirt freshman Pete DeSouza, who remains in intensive care after breaking two bones in both legs in Thursday’s motor scooter accident.

After speaking to DeSouza’s mother, Friedgen said DeSouza remains in a lot of pain and is heavily sedated. His family was pleased with the results of Friday’s 12-hour surgery, and Friedgen said the pain should subside some in a few days. “It was pretty severe damage,” Friedgen said. “He’s very fortunate there was no head trauma.”

Friedgen also talked about how he learned of DeSouza’s accident, which occurred near Cole Field House about 9 p.m. Thursday. Friedgen had already gone to bed upstairs in his home and had left his cell phone downstairs. His wife Gloria called a neighbor to bang on Friedgen’s door to rouse Friedgen from sleep because he was not answering the cell or house phone.

As for the offensive line, Friedgen said it protected fairly well but he believes the line as a whole can play better. He thought Bennett Fulper struggled some at center. But after discussing different options with assistants – such as putting Paul Pinegar back at center and giving freshman Max Garcia a shot at right tackle – Friedgen said the line will remain the same for the time being.

Another critical game looms for Maryland on Saturday. Wake Forest is a well-coached team that has struggled mightily this season, particularly defensively. The Terrapins can become bowl eligible with a victory, and to do so before November would be a sizable feat for a team that won just two games last season.

“It’s a game that has a lot on the line for us,” Friedgen said. “It is a very pivotal game on the schedule.”

By Eric Prisbell  | October 24, 2010; 5:02 PM ET
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So let me understand this....Fridge goes to bed after 9pm in his house...and his wife Gloria, calls a neighbor to bang on Fridges door to wake him up?....Where was Gloria? Hmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 24, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA, Don't look into it too much. She was tutoring some of the players in their plant science courses until 930pm at the gossett football team house. I'm one of the student tutors there and she is there every thursday until 930 like the rest of us. We all found out about the accident right after it happened.

Posted by: mwang1410 | October 24, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

yeah I know Ralph gets paid by the U but I really like the idea that his wife (whether she is paid to or not) is helping to tutor Botany. Thanks for letting us know mwang. And here is to hoping for a full recovery for DeSouza.

I'll take the win. Sure BC is crappy and all but it was a road game and 5 wins is a hell of a lot better than 2. Moreover we are EXPECTING to beat Wake and the Wahoos at this point. Any other win would be our first big win since Clemson two years ago.

Hope to see more rushing against Wake.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | October 24, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

So let me understand this....Fridge goes to bed after 9pm in his house...and his wife Gloria, calls a neighbor to bang on Fridges door to wake him up?....Where was Gloria? Hmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 24, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

further evidence that you have replaced poopy mcpoop as the biggest loser on this board.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 24, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

In all fairness to TerpfanMA, the blurb really wasn't clear as to why Gloria wasn't at home.

Now what surprises me is that nobody is angry at Fridge for being in bed by 9 pm instead of working all through the night...

Posted by: CapsNut | October 25, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse you have anything to offer other than name-calling? Or perhaps Gloria was with your constant effort to keep Fridge employed is starting to make sense....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 25, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA, it isn't "name-calling" to refer to you as a loser. It's simply stating a fact.

Oh and how come you won't answer this question: When was the last time you actually attended a game at Byrd stadium?

Posted by: Barno1 | October 25, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Because you dont answer mine:

Name a bigger personnel blunder in the history of college football than Fridge rescinding the scholarship of future dual heismann trophy finalist Slaton...Can you do it?

If not, your beloved behemoth will have the distinction of worst blunder in the history of football AND worst record in the history of UMD football

I am waiting...and when you answer, I will tell you bout the last home game I went to...but knowing that I went to the BC game last week, I see you have now refined your question to just Byrd Stadium as if that makes some difference

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 25, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

There are no guarantees that Slaton would have the same results in our style of offense. Does Fridge get credit for Vernon Davis, etc.? Or just blame for missed recruits.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 25, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Exactly Garrett4, and we have no idea if Slaton would have beaten out guys like Lance Ball or Keon Lattimore. We already had solid, NFL caliber running backs signed with the team (Ball is playing about as much right now with the Colts as Slaton is with Houston--which is not very much) and they played well with the Terps during the Slaton years at WVU.

Somehow TerpfanMA can't grasp that not signing Slaton was not necessarily a "blunder". Unfortunately for TerpfanMA, it takes an IQ of at least 75 to understand that it's not a given that a player who plays well in one system will automatically do so in another. It may have been a big blunder, but it may not have been. We just don't know how a guy would have performed in our system vs guys like Ball or Lattimore.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 26, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

If they didnt think Slaton was right for our system then why did they recruit him and offer him a guys are twits and have zero credibility in your bromance with Fridge...and it wasnt lattimore or ball who they gave slatons scholarship to it was greene...and by the way, what about our offense was not applicable to slaton...was he too fast? too shifty of a runner? too good of a pass catcher or blocker? you and garrett are totally clueless

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 26, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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