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Maryland Football Media Day: Live Updates As Terps Kick Off 2013 Season

Pete Volk will be live from Maryland Football's Media day as the Terps kick off the 2013 season. We'll be providing updates throughout the day, so check back often.

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Additional Edsall Quotes From Media Day

We'll have a few stories coming up over the next week from Media Day with quotes from Maryland coaches and players, but here are some extras left over that are worth noting. All are from Randy Edsall, as the player and coach quotes we're using up.

On the running backs:

"I think the big thing with Brandon [Ross] is that he's just more experienced now. He's got playing time under his belt, he understands the offense better, knows blocking schemes better, so again I think it's the experienced that he gained from a year ago and then again the added strength that he has through training, you know, is going to help him tremendously as we go in to this year.

"Well again, both of those guys [Ross and Albert Reid] we have a tremendous amount of confidence in, and they did, they got a lot of work this spring. Joe Riddle got a lot of work this spring, and then we'll bring Jacquille [Veii] into the mix here in the fall. Those two guys, Brandon and Albert, will be competing and Albert – you love Albert. Albert just works his tail off and does everything that you ask him to do, a tremendous competitor, tremendous pride, great leadership, so again it'll be interesting to watch those guys out there competing against each other and pushing each other along with Joe. Joe wants to get on the field, and Jacquille, you know, he wants to show what he can do as well."

On quarterbacks:

"Well, C.J. [Brown] is our quarterback. C.J.'s our starting quarterback. And everyone else is always competing, but C.J. is gonna be the starter and Ricardo [Young], Perry [Hills] and Caleb [Rowe] are going to be splitting reps with the twos and we'll get Shane [Cockerille] in there and get him some reps and we'll build from there. And again – I want to see how some of those guys move, especially Perry and Caleb, because their injuries were a little bit later in the season. I don't expect anything – they're all cleared and ready to go, but again, now that we're out there going full speed, we're going to have to see how all of those things unfold. I like the fact that we have plenty of depth at quarterback, just in case, but hopefully we don't get 'just in case' this year. But it'll be good, I think any time you have competition it makes everyone better."

On Brad Craddock and Nate Renfro:

"We can't work with them in the summer time, but I think they've got the right mind set going into camp here. They know they're the incumbents, and it's their jobs to lose, so to speak, but again, they know what the expectations are, we need more consistency out of both of them. They're two young men who are smart, are conscientious, they know they didn't perform up to the level that we need them to perform at a year ago but again, I think Brad had a tough situation coming over from Australia and getting acclimated to the States, and knowing that he was more of a punter than a place kicker, and now he's got that experience and he's stronger, as well. And Nate knows that he's been through it, that he's worked extremely hard, and again I think his technique and I think his consistency will be better. But there's guys behind him that know that the opportunity would present itself if those two can't be consistent enough."

On Shawn Petty:

"Well, I tell you what. Shawn Petty, what he did last year was just short of remarkable. The effort that he gave and the situation that he went into and how he handled it and how he went out there and competed, I mean, was remarkable. When you see a young man do what he did, you can't have anything but the utmost respect and admiration for him, and he did a good job. You saw a young man who went in there and got better as those four games progressed, did everything that he could to the best of his ability to give his team an opportunity to win in that situation. But I think he's feeling comfortable at linebacker. He had a taste of being on the field playing, now he wants to play more and he's done a good job of working and doing the things that he has to do, but like I said that tells you about somebody's make up, when he went in and did what he did and how he handled it, and like you said it was a tough situation but like I said I thought he handled it the way you'd want somebody to handle it as a coach."


Randy Edsall on a Bike

Via Dan Steinberg at the post, we have what you've been waiting for. Randy Edsall. On a bike.


Position Coach Notes - Media Day

Some brief notes after talking to the positional coaches:

  • Tom Brattan is confident in the O-line, and, like most, talked about how good of a job Sal Conaboy is doing. He also noted MIke Madaras's growth, both as a player and in size. When asked about which one of the walk-ons could factor into the rotation this year, he said Michael Dunn has impressed thus far.
  • Mike Locksley talked about the comfortability with the system in the second season - he said it's now less about what to do than how to do it.
  • Lee Hull said Nigel King has really impressed and should get a significant amount of throws this season. He also said Levern Jacobs and Amba Etta have impressed, and should factor in as well. He spoke of Stefon Diggs's quickness as opposed to Deon Long's speed, and how the two will be able to play off each other (and open up opportunities for King) this year.
  • Keith Dudzinski noted Abner Logan, Shawn Petty and Bradley Johnson as inside linebackers who have impressed so far.
  • Brian Stewart said they should be playing with around a six-man rotation on the D-line, and like the amount of depth they have there - although he says the linebackers are ahead of the linemen right now.
  • Andre Powell doesn't know how much of a factor Joe Riddle and Jacquille Veii will play yet, but in terms of the return game, anything can happen. Diggs, Long, Veii, Will Likely and Levern Jacobs were all names that were thrown out as possible returners, and that will be an exciting competition to watch.
  • John Dunn said that he's looking for someone in the group of P.J. Gallo, Brian McMahon, and Andrew Isaacs to stand out. It's starter Dave Stinebaugh's last year with the program, and one of them is going to need to break out and claim the job next year.
We'll have more on all this later.

Player Interview Notes

Some brief notes from the player interview section of Media Day:

  • Sal Conaboy is very confident in the offensive line, and says the dynamic between the younger and older guys worked well. Like most, he said what has helped more than anything is the consistency in offensive systems - it's the first time he's been able to return to a playbook.
  • Evan Mulrooney says he wants to prove himself and make it into the starting five, no matter where. He said Silvano Altamirano has impressed.
  • Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, and Nigel King all talked about the different things they provide at wideout. Diggs's shiftiness, Long's speed, and King's strength were all brought up by each player, but most surprising was how big Long is. King said him and Long will be playing on the outside, with Diggs on the inside as the slot.
  • Diggs said he and Long were inseparable, even in the weight room, and that they have a friendly competition going. More intense is the competition in practice with the defensive backs, which Diggs claimed the wideouts won easily.
  • Long said he has quite a few plaques and trophies from his JuCo days, but wants to collect more at Maryland - namely, conference and national titles.
  • De'Onte Arnett wants to go out with a bang his senior year, and says his goal is to make sure Maryland fans remember him as an offensive lineman.
We'll have more later - off now to positional coaches interviews.

Randy Edsall Presser Notes

Some quick notes from Randy Edsall's press conference at Media Day:

  • Edsall says the Terps are healthy - there are a few guys who are limited in practice right now, but nothing that shouldn't be cleared up within a few days.
  • With Wes Brown gone at running back, Edsall says the Terps have a "tremendous amount of confidence" in Brandon Ross and Albert Reid, and mentioned Joe Riddle and Jacquille Veii as guys in the mix there. He spoke about Ross's increased experience and strength, and Reid's work ethic.
  • When asked about the competition at quarterback, Edsall stepped in quickly and said "C.J. is our quarterback. C.J. is our starting quarterback." He said the others will get a good amount of reps in practice and the competition will be healthy.
  • Edsall is not shy when it comes to the team's goals. "Our goal is to win our division, get to Charlotte, and get to a BCS game."
  • Edsall says there's a group of about ten incoming freshmen who can make an impact this year, especially on special teams.
  • At the SAM position, Edsall says there's a good competition going on between Matt Robinson and Alex Twine. "That's what we're trying to get at every position, to have that kind of talent, to have that kind of competition, because those guys are going to push each other and make each other better." He says the coaching staff will look and see if they can get both guys on the field at the same time.
  • In terms of leaders on the defensive side, Edsall mentioned each of the eight D-linemen. More specifically, with leadership council, he cited Darius Kilgo, Cole Farrand, Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil, Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle.
  • Edsall says the offensive line depth is a concern. "It's something that I think that we'll work with and we'll work through." He said Sal Conaboy has been excellent this summer, and that while they have the starting five sorted out, looking for the back-ups is perhaps their biggest offensive concern.
  • Zeke Riser's addition was big for depth, Edsall says - especially as a senior who has played in defensive coordinator Brian Stewart's defense, but he will have to earn playing time.
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