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Maryland Minute 9.02.09 - MD FB Recruits Honored, Tedford on Terps, More Kicking Competition

Till, #1 on the left, has the makings to be a good one.  For some reason, he reminds me a little of Kenny Tate.
Till, #1 on the left, has the makings to be a good one. For some reason, he reminds me a little of Kenny Tate.

Terp Commits Named To WAPO's First, Second Pre-season All-Met Team

Defensive Tackles Nate Clarke and Andre Monroe made the first team along with Safety Titus Till.  Second Team Honorees were Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson and WR/Athlete Matt Robinson.  Here's what the WAPO had to say about the first-teamers:

Nate Clarke: "After an offseason getting stronger and losing weight, the two-way starter accepted a scholarship offer to play for Maryland."

Andre Monroe: "Two-way starter is undersized by some standards, but gets the job done. Made 67 tackles last season, 21 for loss. Committed to Maryland."

Titus Till: "Hard-hitting safety made 65 tackles last season in leading the Pumas to the Maryland 4A semifinals for the first time. Committed to Maryland."

Tyrek Cheeseboro, Matt Robinson Make Sun's 'Players to Watch' List  

Is it just me or does it seem like we're stacked at receiver for the next decade? 

Tyrek Cheeseboro: Speed and great hands make Cheeseboro (6-0, 180) a consistent scoring threat. Last season, he had 38 catches for 776 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Cheeseboro, who also contributes on special teams, has committed to Maryland.

Matt Robinson: Robinson (6-4, 205) looked terrific this summer at camps and seven-on-seven events. He has committed to Maryland and appears ready to better his output of 15 catches from last season.

The Voice of Reason

I've been preaching this for awhile, and has to be one of Maryland's biggest advantages:

But Tedford knows Saturday won't be anything like facing last year's Maryland team.


"There's going to be an element of surprise there," Tedford said. "You're a little uncomfortable going in because you're wondering what's going to happen because there's no background."

- bbroman

Jeff Barker on the Kicking Competition

No earth- breaking news here but, hey, it's a slow news day and a nice article.  If you like yoga you've got something in common with one of the two finalists... 

How Terp Footballers Get Ready for Class - The Diamondback 

Juggling posting for Testudo Times and class is often a real struggle.  Somehow, I think the players have it a little harder.  Adi Joseph has the breakdown and some video interviews with Adrian Cannon, Travis Ivey, and Phil Costa.

CJ Leslie ESPN Profile

No news in it, but it's a good piece on a guy Maryland is showing a lot of interest in, and who is showing interest in Maryland. Can't beat that. - bbroman

Best healthy, will return kicks
Shame, I wanted him to be returning a little bit later, and I definitely don't want the ball in his hands, if we can avoid it.

Tailback Jahvid Best, apparently fully recovered from his toe injury, also will return kickoffs against Maryland.

- bbroman

  Our End of the Q&A With CGB

Read our answers to Cal Golden Blogs' questions on the upcoming matchup. - bbroman

DJ Adams Playing Jahvid Best, Unfortunately

I love DJ, but Caleb Porzel would be absolutely perfect for this role. - bbroman