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Penalties remain a concern for Friedgen

You’ve got to hand it to Coach Ralph Friedgen for being honest. When he met with his small media contingent on Wednesday, he talked to us about using officials in practice, said the team continued to commit penalties during a less-than-stellar Wednesday practice and then offered this assessment as to why the Terrapins can’t afford the rash of penalties:

“We’re not Southern Cal or some other teams who can do that,” Friedgen said. “We have to fight for everything we can get.”

True. But you don’t often hear head coaches acknowledge as much.

It’s clear that Friedgen is particularly worried about this game because he sees a Boston College team coming home desperate for a victory, much like Clemson was entering last weekend’s game against Maryland. Yes, the Eagles have shortcomings, most notably because of lack of cohesion along the offensive line and because of a young quarterback, but the defense remains stout against the run. The Eagles simply don’t let opponents run the ball on them. That’s going to put a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of a promising yet young Danny O’Brien, starting his second road game of his career. “We have to be patient,” Friedgen said.

Other tidbits from Wednesday:

Travis Baltz won the place kicking battle this week over Nick Ferrara, and it was not close.

Torrey Smith practiced Wednesday, but it’s going to take time for his ankle to fully heal. “I don’t question whether he wants to go,” Frieden said. “What I worry about is his timing.” Coaches have essentially auditioned Da’Rel Scott, Tony Logan, Ronnie Tyler and Dexter McDougle as kickoff returner this week.

Defensive back Desmond Kearse is back from injury but is not expected to play this week.

By Eric Prisbell  | October 21, 2010; 8:23 AM ET
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Do you know what should concern this coach is his job. I am in no way being mean spirited just stating the facts. Say what you want - even those years where Maryland was ranked in the top 25 they still were just average. Anytime there was a big game they lost. When was the last time the Maryland football team was ranked in the top five - have they ever? Maryland has the resources and region to recruit the best talent but we just don't get them. I woud like to see Lavar come in as the Defensive Coord. - that would be awesome. I would like to see the football program where the basketball program is but instead to get victories we are playing cup cakes - Maryland has resorted to playing cup cakes to get wins - not good, not good.

Posted by: Baller1122 | October 21, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"When was the last time MD FB was ranked in the top five..." This from Wikipedia:

Jim Tatum was hired in 1947, after a brief stint at Oklahoma where he had led the Sooners to a conference championship in his only season there.[8] He was Maryland's sixth head coach in eight years, but Tatum stayed for nine seasons and became the school's most successful head coach in modern history.[9] During his tenure, he led Maryland to two national championships (one retroactive),[1] three conference championships, three perfect seasons, six top-20 final rankings, and five bowl game appearances.[2] Seven of his players were named first-team All-Americans, including five consensus All-Americans. Under Tatum, Maryland finished every season with a winning record.[2]
Maryland in action against Navy in 1952.

After the 1947 season, the Terrapins participated in their first bowl game, the 1948 Gator Bowl, in which they tied Georgia, 20–20.[10] NCAA season-scoring leader Lu Gambino recorded all three Maryland touchdowns.[11] In 1949, Maryland again played in the Gator Bowl, where they defeated 20th-ranked Missouri, 20–7. The Terrapins finished the season ranked 14th by the Associated Press.[12] Maryland's current home field, Byrd Stadium, was constructed in 1950, and named in honor of former coach and contemporary Maryland president Curly Byrd. Maryland started the 1950 season ranked 15th and defeated Navy, 35–21, in the Byrd Stadium dedication game.[13]

The Terrapins won the 1951 Southern Conference co-championship alongside the Virginia Military Institute. Their perfect season culminated with an upset over first-ranked Tennessee in the 1952 Sugar Bowl. At the time, however, the wire services released their final rankings before the bowl games,[14] and Maryland finished third in the Associated Press Poll.[2] Several selectors, including analyst Jeff Sagarin, have retroactively credited Maryland with the national championship.[1] In 1953, Maryland and six other schools split from the Southern Conference to form the Atlantic Coast Conference. That year, Maryland shut-out two 11th-ranked teams: Mississippi, 38–0, and Alabama, 21–0, won the ACC co-championship alongside Duke, and were named the national champions as the only undefeated and untied team in the nation. The Terrapins were defeated by fourth-ranked Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.[2] After the 1955 season, Tatum resigned to return to North Carolina, where he soon died of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.[15]

Posted by: AncientTerp | October 21, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

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