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Poll: How high are your expectations for Maryland?

There was not much new out of Wednesday night’s media session with Coach Ralph Friedgen. Several of the reporters there asked questions for feature stories, so little actual news emerged. Friedgen did say that he would like to see some more verve from his team this week considering what is on the line (bowl eligibility) Saturday. Torrey Smith is not expected to practice today as he continues to recover from a nagging ankle injury.

Reporters privately talked about some bowl possibilities Wednesday. Everyone is hoping we can stay away from Detroit. As long as that is the case, I'll be happy. But I continue to believe that this season has the bowl formerly called the EagleBank Bowl – now known as the Military Bowl --- written all over it. Personally, I have thought reaching the Military Bowl would be an attainable and notable step for this rebuilding team. Do you agree? Or do you have higher expectations for this team?

By Eric Prisbell  | October 28, 2010; 7:55 AM ET
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recently, fridge said if you dont practice Thursday, you dont play saturday..is there a different way of interpreting this or does it mean smith wont play?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 28, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I've wondered about the new name for that bowl since it was announced. Military Bowl? Isn't that an awkward name? Is 'Armed Forces Bowl' already used? Isn't there something better to use?

Posted by: erniegogo | October 28, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

@erniegogo

Yes, it's in use.

http://www.armedforcesbowl.com/

Posted by: Colm1 | October 28, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Let's just say I wouldn't walk around bragging about the Military Bowl.

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 28, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

We could get fatty and the whole team to dress up in their camo uniforms...I can see a whole new underarmor commercial coming...."We Must Protect Our Fort!"

Or...how about in honor of Fridge...they could name it the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Bowl

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 28, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

It is sad that our expectations are so low, that a birth in the Military Bowl is acceptable. Until the fans raise their expectations to a level where making a BCS bowl is an expectation every year, the program will never have the pressure on it needed to be that successful. And with a depleted ACC football conference, not much needs to change to make a BCS bowl. We have the athletes....

Posted by: pford13 | October 28, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Any bowl berth after a 2 win season the year before is a good thing. If they win 6 or 7 games this year that is a 4 or 5 win uptick. When you only play 12 games that is a very postibie move in the right direction, especially, with a young team.

GO TERPS! Smash Wake!

Posted by: Section505203 | October 28, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Well pford13, how many schools do you think go from a 2-10 season to a 10-2 (or better) season with a BCS Bowl game in just one year?

And what is really sad is the belief that Maryland exists (or at least, in theory should) on equal footing as the elite/powerhouse programs.

Posted by: CapsNut | October 28, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Of course expectations should be higher but let's be realistic. If they improve to 6-8 wins this season then absolutely that should be considered a successful season. Very few teams go from 2 wins to the BCS, that's just completely unrealistic.

Posted by: blackandred777 | October 28, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

ahhhh...the old fridge trickery is at work...I think he sensed that fans were becoming disenchanted with winning barely half the games on the schedule, so he serves up the worst record in the history of 110yrs of UMD football...then he produces another mediocre season and everyone cheers him as the hero...the reason very few teams go from 2 wins to BCS is because very few teams win only 2 games to start with

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 28, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

How many times will Terphater use the olive garden bowl joke?

6-8 wins is a huge improvement. I expect next year to be even better.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 28, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm cool with the Military Bowl this year. An improvement to 7-5 or 8-4 is significant. Although Terp"Fan"MA always chooses to look at the negative, the Terps are one win away from bowl eligibility and have multiple winnable ballgames remaining. To think we are going to go 10-2 this years is complete fantasy. It just doesn't work like that in any sport. Additionally, it appears we've found a QB for the future.

Posted by: aviscardo | October 28, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

just goes to prove that Fridge cant recognize talent...just like the slaton incident from a few years ago and the turner / steffy fiasco from last year....if robinson had not gotten hurt, JOB would be riding the bench this year....its unfortunate but you know its true....ask yourself what fridge was doing all spring/summer/last season when it was time to evaluate qbs for this season

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 28, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

You don't know who would be starting QB if there was no injury because you are not a member of the coaching staff.

South Park had a character based on you, in last night's episode: "Captain Hindsight"

Posted by: garrett4 | October 28, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

TerpHaterMA probably doesn't know the difference between a screen pass and a screen porch, yet he's an expert on recognizing football talent.

Posted by: Section505203 | October 28, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

At this point in the season I would not be happy with the Military Bowl. I think we can beat WFU, VA and one of the other three games on our schedule (likely NCSU) and attend a slightly better Bowl Game.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 28, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

just goes to prove that Fridge cant recognize talent...

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 28, 2010 1:11 PM

Riiiiight. That must be why Fridge has recruiting more kids that became NFL players than any other coach in the ACC over the last decade.

Do you really expect any of us to believe you root for the Terps on saturdays?

Posted by: Barno1 | October 28, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

garrett...in case you didnt know it, the first game of the season has already been played so we dont need to be a member of the coaching staff to know who the starting QB was....maybe you can go back and catch the game on tape or read an old article, but the starting QB (when there were no injuries) was Jamarr Robinson...although fridge wasnt sure what his name was and kept calling him jamal during the summer practices...and no, section 5 I am not an EXPERT on recognizing football talent but I am not paid $2M per year to do it and my guess is neither are you..and evidently, neither is fridge

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 28, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

barny: there are 2 acc schools on this list and neither one is UMD:

The following list contains the top 10 colleges with the most players in the NFL:

COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS
Ohio State 44 Louisiana State 32
Florida State 41 Texas 32
Georgia 37 Florida 31
Michigan 36 Auburn 30
Tennessee 36 Miami 45

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 28, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

When are we going to be an "old" team. Every year we are "rebuilding", what the hell? Anyways the Military Bowl is not an accomplishment and neither is 6 wins. Bowl games are only a succcess if you are ranked or playing a ranked opponent. I can't wait to book my trip right down the street in 40 degree, cloudy Nationals Stadium to watch the Terps play Navy/Syracuse/ maybe Temple??? Not a success.

Posted by: Maryland82 | October 28, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm a bit tired of the NFL argument. Yes, Maryland has been exemplary with sending players to the NFL, but that isn't adding up to BCS appearances and wins.

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 28, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

TErpMA

UMD currently has between 26-28 players in the NFL which likely puts them in the 10-15 range. What's your point?

Posted by: fushezzi | October 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Its 27 players. Considering Auburn is #10 with 30, I'd say we're likely 11-15.

Here's a list:

Kevin Barnes Washington Redskins Cornerback
Eric Barton Cleveland Browns Linebacker
Bruce Campbell Oakland Raiders Guard
Nolan Carroll Miami Dolphins Cornerback
Jon Condo Oakland Raiders Long Snapper
Phil Costa Dallas Cowboys Guard
Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers Tight End
Jeff Dugan Minnesota Vikings Fullback
Moise Fokou Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker
Domonique Foxworth Baltimore Ravens Cornerback
Jared Gaither Baltimore Ravens Offensive Tackle
Dan Gronkowski Denver Broncos Tight End
Joey Haynos Miami Dolphins Tight End
E.J. Henderson Minnesota Vikings Linebacker
Erin Henderson Minnesota Vikings Linebacker
Stephon Heyer Washington Redskins Offensive Tackle
Darrius Heyward-Bey Oakland Raiders Wide Receiver
Shaun Hill Detroit Lions Quarterback
D'Qwell Jackson Cleveland Browns Linebacker
Kris Jenkins New York Jets Defensive Tackle
Shawne Merriman San Diego Chargers Linebacker
Adam Podlesh Jacksonville Jaguars Punter
Randy Starks Miami Dolphins Defensive End
Jaimie Thomas Indianapolis Colts Guard
Madieu Williams Minnesota Vikings Safety
Edwin Williams Chicago Bears Center
Josh Wilson Baltimore Ravens Cornerback

Posted by: fushezzi | October 28, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I would be happy with an 8-4 season. That is not unattainable and isn't shooting very high, but with 8 wins there is a good chance you beat some pretty good teams and have a decent team yourself. 6 wins during a 12 game season (3 or more games against lousy schools), is not a success, and should never be considered one, unless you have a brand new coach or a natural disaster hit the campus during the season.

Posted by: Maryland82 | October 28, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

WOW...look at all those NFL players from UMD ...and only 2 winning seasons in last 6 years

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 28, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry TerpChowda, I didn't realize that being the starter in game 1 was a guarantee to start every game....

Posted by: garrett4 | October 28, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS
Ohio State 44 Louisiana State 32
Florida State 41 Texas 32
Georgia 37 Florida 31
Michigan 36 Auburn 30
Tennessee 36 Miami 45

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 28, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Can you read? I said the last 10 years and one coach. It's not my opinion, it's a fact: Fridge has put more players in the NFL in the last 10 years than any other ACC coach.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 28, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

WOW...look at all those NFL players from UMD ...and only 2 winning seasons in last 6 years

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 28, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow is right. You keep trying to have it both ways and wow it's amazing you can't see that. Fridge can't recruit/evaluate players AND Fridge has put all the players in the nfl but hasn't won enough games with them. Talk about taking both sides of an issue. Either he can't recruit or he can. Either he can evaluate NFL caliber players or he can't. You can't have it both ways, but you're trying your best to.


Posted by: Barno1 | October 28, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

TerpFanMA,
Was there a ceremony when Poopy passed the Negativity Torch to you? Or was it informal? See you at the game this weekend. Oh, wait, you don't even go to the games.

Posted by: aviscardo | October 28, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The Military Bowl. I dunno... The airfare could be a little rough.. BWI to National or Dulles..Then, the cost of hotels in the DC area, I hear their pretty pricey... I'd prefer Nashville, Charlotte, or even El Paso after last years 2-10 season.. Go Terps !!!

Posted by: frostanna | October 28, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

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