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Maryland exploring changes on kickoff return unit

Good morning, everyone. We’re entering a key game week for Maryland. The Boston College game is a winnable contest for the Terrapins. But it remains to be seen whether they can turn the corner.

One facet of the game Maryland needs to improve on is kickoff return. Torrey Smith’s ankle is still hobbling him. Maryland ranks 119th nationally (out of 120 teams) in average kickoff return yardage. Coach Ralph Friedgen said he and coaches are contemplating making a change at returner after Smith and Trenton Hughes split time Saturday. Among the possibilities: Da’Rel Scott, Tony Logan, Kenny Tate, Dexter McDougle. Friedgen would prefer to use an offensive player because they have spent more time in ball security drills in practice.

Another special teams issue is place kicker. Travis Baltz, a very good punter, missed a 33-yard field goal wide right Saturday. Friedgen said he would prefer to use Nick Ferrara at place kicker because he has a strong leg and because it would help Baltz be a better punter. Problem is, Ferrara has struggled in practice and has not beaten out Baltz.

By Eric Prisbell  | October 18, 2010; 8:11 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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