Friedgen to change practice policy for injured players
(Coach Ralph Friedgen was extremely upset and frustrated after the game. More on that in my game story. But here is something else from Friedgen:)
Since a player rolled on Torrey Smith’s ankle in the Sept. 25 victory over Florida International, Maryland’s most explosive player has tried to play through the pain in games while limiting himself in practice. He played in the Oct. 2 victory over Duke, rested during the bye week and played in Saturday’s loss at Clemson.
But Coach Ralph Friedgen, visibly frustrated with his team as a whole, said after Saturday’s loss that he will revert to his past policy with hobbled players: If you don’t practice by Thursday, you don’t play on Saturday.
“This new wave, everybody just gets them well for the game, plugs him in and he’s going to play – bull,” Friedgen said. “It ain’t gonna happen. I had a policy in the past that if you don’t practice by Thursday you don’t play. Right now, they don’t practice Thursday, they aren’t playing. You’ve got to get at least something [in practice]. He lined up wrong one time. I didn’t think he was sharp catching the ball. Torrey is a great player. But you still got to practice. I guess I am old school.”
After the 31-7 loss, Smith, who caught four passes for 55 yards, said his ankle hurt but he felt he was running well during the game. He said he wishes he could practice because he wants to “battle with teammates all week.”
| October 16, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
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