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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.”

By Eric Prisbell  | October 16, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
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That was very frustrating to watch. I was impressed with how we played 1/3 of the game. The offense was moving with good play calling and it was great to see the use of the TE. It was almost like we remembered that we are MD and played accordingly after the missed field goal. The penalties need to stop too.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 16, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

It used to be that the Terps were tough in the trenches but lacked speed on the outside. Now I think we have the speed but we constantly get beat up front on both the Oline and DLine. O'Brien has a chance to be a stud but he needs to stay upright.

Posted by: Jurgensen9 | October 16, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it time to fire Friedgen after the season. Not so much for this game, but the unvarished truth is, he can't get his players up for big games. He can't recruit.

This has been going on for 4 years now. We can't play the Div 2 teams every game, so he can pad his record.

Posted by: terrythrasher | October 16, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I have always been a big FAN of the Fridge.

But, my support for him, especially in recent years, is dwindling.

Unfortunately, the Coach has surronded himself with subpar coaches - Offense, James Franklin, and on Defense, Don Brown.

Our offensive play calling is pathetic, and this experiment of using 2 QB needs to stop. Our running game is a joke. Scott and Devin need to reaccess their game, and come ready to play.

Torrey, is a playmaker. But, with nagging injuries he is INEFFECTIVE! We need to leverage the speed other WRs provide, and get them involved in the game early and often.

Danny needs to quicken his release, and distribute the ball - not just focusing on Terry majority of the time.

I have said this before, and will say it again. Kenny Tate is an explosive WR, and needs to play there instead of a DB.

We have lots of improvement to make on both the O-Line, and the D-Line. The O-Line has been ineffective in providing any kind of protection for Danny to make reads, and have time to deliver the ball. They haven't openned enough holes for the running games to take off. And, all of these penalties are just unacceptable. The Terps aren't good enough to give away freebies!

Get a penalty, and you skip a meal. Perhaps that would motivate these guys to play a little better.

Posted by: mi6-007 | October 16, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Once again Fridge places blame on the players when he should be blaming himself. He is resposible for the lack of recruiting. Maybe if he showed some emotion on the field instead of in front of the media, his players would believe/respond to him. Did you see how Clemson players/fans responded after Sweeny blew up? Stop throwing you players under the bus and man up. YOU are the one resposible for this so be a coach/leader and shoulder the blame YOURSELF!!!

Posted by: rich263 | October 17, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

He needs to call out the players when they don't play well and they should not be babied if they can't practice. False start penalties are not the result of coaching. The coach should not have to get the team up for a big road game like clemson. That is the job of the coach when they play a weaker team that they might overlook. Any player with heart would be amped up to play at a place like death valley.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 17, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm tired of hearing Ralph talk about kids who practice well: Stedham better than Hollenbach, Steffy better than Turner, Robinson better than O'Brien, etc. Ralph's practices produce lots of injuries, but have no relationship to performance on game-day.

He and Franklin can't go fast enough to suit me.

Posted by: RITerp | October 17, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

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