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:
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.
| October 21, 2010; 8:23 AM ET
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