Maryland football coach Randy Edsall held a Sunday night teleconference with media to discuss the Terps' upcoming bowl matchup with Stanford. The Terps and Cardinal will meet at the just-opened Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., at 10 p.m. EST on Dec. 30. Here are the essentials from Edsall's call:
- Wideouts Stefon Diggs (lacerated kidney) and Juwann Winfree, who each missed the conclusion to the regular season, are back at practice and will play in the bowl game. "They've been really good," Edsall said. "Stefon is out there doing everything. Juwann is out there doing everything."
- Maryland will squeeze 14 additional practices out of this bowl season. The Terps will take some time off for final exams, and players will be able to leave the team to celebrate Christmas. Sometime late on Christmas Day, the team will assemble and fly to San Francisco to begin the game week. The Terps will practice in California for each of the days immediately preceding kickoff.
- Edsall said the Foster Farms Bowl was on the list of three bowl games the Terps submitted to selectors as a preference. "I thought our kids played hard all year long and gave everything that they had, and to be able to have this opportunity extended to us from what we did on the field, it goes to show that the work that they put in was worthwhile, and they're getting rewarded for it," Edsall said.
- Edsall again plugged kicker Brad Craddock for the Lou Groza Award, saying he'd be "extremely disappointed" if Craddock doesn't win. Craddock will travel around to a couple of awards shows in the coming week, and Edsall expects him to be an All-American.
- Edsall on Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan: "I haven't studied him yet. I just know he's an outstanding quarterback."
- Maryland has racked up a couple of pretty important defensive commitments in the last week in tackle Adam McLean and linebacker Keandre Jones. Though Edsall is prohibited from talking specifically about those players, he spoke at some length about the program's current recruiting climate: "I would just say this: I think recruiting is going very well, not only for 2015, but also for 2016 and the buzz around here locally. It's as high as it's ever been since I've been here. The weekend we just had, guys that are committed, it was just a great weekend. We're just trying to continue to build the program and taking ourselves to the highest level you can."
- The Terps will visit Alcatraz while in San Francisco. How could they not?
- Senior defensive end Andre Monroe has three orders of business for the week, it seems: First, to win the bowl game. Second, to get the one sack he needs to set the university's all-time record. And third:
Not only am I going to handle business I want to network and meet new people out in California #BowlGames— ♠Andre Monroe Jr.♠ (@Dre_Kang) December 8, 2014