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Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Report: Terps struggling with coaching transition



Posted by Chip Patterson


Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has had a rocky start to his first year in College Park. The Terps started hot, with flashy jerseys and a big opening win against Miami in front of a national audience. But the Terps followed that victory with a pair of losses in front of the home crowd, including an embarrassing 38-7 rout at the hands of Temple. Edsall has been very adamant about team discipline, already suspending offensive standouts Ronnie Tyler, Quintin McCree, and D.J. Adams at times this season for violation of team rules. He does not allow ball caps, do-rags, or earrings around the football complex, and has stressed that his first priority as head coach is to change the culture around Maryland.

Jeff Barker, of The Baltimore Sun had an interesting take on the rocky start and transition to Edsall's style of coaching. Below is an excerpt from the column.
"It's up and down. It's been a roller coaster," said quarterback Danny O'Brien, whose red T-shirt on Tuesday bore the team's slogan - 'No Excuses. Just Play.' - in white lettering. "In one month, we've experienced a lot of highs and a lot of lows already. I think that's going to be good for us. We've already experienced a lot of adversity as a team."

O' Brien called Edsall "a great leader.

But not everybody is on board. One prominent veteran player said privately that Edsall's strict style doesn't allow individuals to be themselves and that he's looking forward to the season's end. Another veteran player has sought advice about dealing with Edsall from Friedgen who was dismissed in December with one year remaining on his contract.

"A lot of guys are making a rough transition to the way Randy Edsall wants to run things," said former Maryland receiver Emani Lee-Odai, who keeps in touch with the current Terps players.

Former coach Ralph Friedgen made headlines last week with his comment on the radio regarding his distaste for the current Maryland administration, and his wife was recently welcomed warmly on a visit to the team. It is not unreasonable to be concerned with the players' commitment to the new head coach.

ESPN.com's Heather Dinich questioned if Friedgen had become a distraction to the team during the ACC's weekly coaches' teleconference, and Edsall predictably dodged the topic. But how long will he have to deal with Friedgen's looming presence in College Park? In addition to being the 2010 ACC Coach of the Year, Friedgen played offensive guard for the Terps and spent two different stints on the staff before taking over as head coach in 2001. In ten seasons he went to seven bowls with a 5-2 postseason record, and was deeply engrained in the Maryland football culture.

For the Maryland faithful, Edsall doesn't have that kind of familiarity to earn that trust off the bat. He's a Big East guy through and through, spending his playing days and first coaching positions at Syracuse and making a name for himself at Connecticut. His core values are in academics and player discipline, both reasons athletic director Kevin Anderson cited at the time of his hire.

The team, students, and fans will all join Camp Edsall eventually. The frustrations regarding the leadership change are a direct result of the Terps' on-field struggles. Winning doesn't cure everything, as some people say, but it goes a long way to fixing inter-program strifes. Once Maryland gets it together on the field, I expect the off-field chatter to slow down significantly.

Despite the frustrating home losses, Maryland is undefeated in conference play. At this point, only five teams in the league can still say that. If the Terps keep winning conference games they will put themselves in a position to compete for a conference title. It is much easier said than done, particularly with Georgia Tech and Clemson as their next two opponents, but if the Terps follow Edsall's lead and focus on the next game it can be done.

However if the losses pile up in the coming weeks, the questions about "transition," "distraction," and "culture" will only continue for the first-year head coach.

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Posted on: September 24, 2011 3:41 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Temple 38, Maryland 7

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

TEMPLE WON: Not only did the Owls win their first road game over a BCS-conference school since 2002 (Rutgers), they won it in shockingly dominant fashion over the woeful Terps. Bernard Pierce ran for 108 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, powering the Owls to a 31-0 halftime lead. Meanwhile, Chuck Heater's defense held Gary Crowton's offense to just 240 total yards and zero points through the game's first 55 minutes.

WHY TEMPLE WON: The team from the MAC is not supposed to be able to go into the stadium of the team from the ACC and flat manhandle their hosts up front, right? But that's exactly what the Owls did, riding Pierce and their veteran offensive line to first-half touchdown drives of 57, 76, and 93 yards. It's not like the Terps didn't know what was coming--they were so focused on the Owl running game they allowed quarterback Chester Stewart (with all due respect, not a player known for his accuracy) to complete all nine of his passes. When you run the ball 59 times and still average a healthy 4.8 yards on those 59 attempts, you have officially bulldozed your opponent into submission.

But it wasn't just the Owl offense. The Temple defensive front held Maryland to a miserable 45 yards on the ground on 23 attempts--just 2.0 yards per-carry, and most of that coming well after the game had been decided.

The game's defining play took place halfway through the second quarter, when eight straight Danny O'Brien passes took the Terps from their own 16 to a 4th-and-2 at the Temple 9. Randy Edsall elected to go, handing off to D.J. Adams, but the Terp front was overwhelmed and sophomore tackle Levi Brown stuffed Adams for a loss of 1. MAC or not, ACC or not, there was no questioning which was the more physical team after that. 

WHEN TEMPLE WON: The above stop -- even coming with 37 minutes left in the game -- effectively sealed it. But whatever dying embers of hope Maryland had were officially extinguished when the Owls took 12 plays -- 11 rushes, one pass -- to run off the final 7 minutes of the half, kick a 41-yard field goal as time expired, and take an insurmountable 31-point lead into the locker room.

WHAT TEMPLE WON: Even with several MAC teams putting together impressive performances Saturday (and throughout the season), a 31-point clubbing of an ACC team on the road is far and away the conference's best result of the season--and maybe the best result from any non-AQ conference team, Boise State excluded. Until further notice, Temple is your MAC favorite, and it's not even close.

WHAT MARYLAND LOST: Their manhood? Their dignity? Every bit of shine the Edsall hire gained in the win over Miami? A home victory that might have proven essential along the potentially tricky path to a bowl game? Any and all respect for their chances of an ACC divisional title?

The answer is: all of the above. Maryland was humiliated. Putting it any other way is being too generous.


Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Maryland RB D.J. Adams rejoins team

Posted by Chip Patterson

Maryland's rushing attack will get an upgrade heading into their difficult non-conference schedule, with running back D.J. Adams rejoining the team after serving a one-game suspension.

Adams led all Maryland rushers in 2010 with 11 touchdowns, a number that was helped significantly by a four touchdown showing in the 51-20 bowl victory over East Carolina. Inflated numbers or not, Adams is strong back who runs low to the ground with a knack of finding the end zone. After serving the suspension for a violation of team rules, head coach Randy Edsall says the talented sophomore will see the field this Saturday against No. 18 West Virginia.

"There will be a role for D.J. this week," Edsall told The Washington Times. "He's back in good graces. He served his penance. When you have those situations that come up, you deal with them and then when they're over you move forward and nobody holds a grudge. He understands that."

Adams was not listed on the two-deep depth chart this week, with starter Davin Meggett being backed up by freshman Justus Pickett. Pickett rushed six times for 22 yards in the Terps 32-24 win over Miami in the season opener. West Virginia's defense has given up only 3 second half points in their first two games combined, and a full stable of running backs will come in handy if the Terps are fighting for every yard into the fourth quarter.

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Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Maryland suspends two players for team rules

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Maryland released their depth chart for Monday's season opener against Miami there were a few surprises, most notably the absence of sophomore running back D.J. Adams. Head coach Randy Edsall addressed Adams' current situation during the weekly ACC teleconference on Wednesday, clarifying that Adams had been suspended for the first game of the season.

Adams, along with offensive lineman Cody Blue were suspended for a violation of team rules. Edsall elaborated that the two suspensions were linked to one incident, and after serving the one-game punishment all parties involved will move forward. As a redshirt freshman, Adams led the Terps with 11 rushing touchdowns in 2010. He was mostly used as a short yardage back, providing the exclamation points after long drives. For example, Adams only picked up 35 yards rushing in Maryland's bowl game victory over East Carolina but he punched in four touchdowns.

Senior Davin Meggett is expected to carry most of the load at running back this season, and many around the program believe he is poised for a big year. He has been one of the faces of the program in the offseason, appearing alongside Edsall at many of the Maryland-sponsored social events. Still, having Adams as that reliable second back will be key if the Terps plan on continuing the momentum from last year's 9-win season.

Maryland kicks off against Miami, who will be missing eight suspended players themselves, at 8:00 p.m. on Monday.
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Maryland OL dismissed after alleged assault

Posted by Chip Patterson

For the first time in a couple seasons, Maryland was looking forward to having some experience on the offensive line. The only starter missing from last year's group is center Paul Pinegar. However, the line lost another key piece when guard Justin Lewis was dismissed for a violation of team policies. While the specifics of the dismissal were not discussed in the official release, local reports are helping make sense of the sudden departure.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Lewis turned himself in to authorities to respond to allegations of second-degree assault. There was an outstanding warrant in Prince George's County in connection with an alleged June 26 fight. While head coach Randy Edsall has made no secrets about his focus on keeping Maryland's off-field record clean, Lewis' father does not agree with the new head coach's hasty dismissal.

"This is only an accusation. Any person can make an accusation that somebody did something to them. There are two sides to the story," Ronald Lewis said. "Coach Edsall released him prematurely. As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing."

At this time Coach Edsall, university police, and Price George's Country have not released any new information regarding Lewis' status with the team or the alleged fight. The redshirt junior started 12 of 13 games last season for the Terrapins, helping protect ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien. While the Terps have had a tumultuous offseason with the coaching change, many believe that the former coach Ralph Friedgen left a program on the upswing. Returning Davin Meggett and promising sophomore D.J. Adams, the running game should be one of the strong points in Maryland's attack.

We will continue to update this story as more details are released from College Park
Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:42 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 9:16 am
 

Bowl Grades: Military Bowl

Posted by Chip Patterson

MARYLAND

Offense - After such a successful season for Danny O'Brien, many expected the freshman quarterback to go right back to his favorite target, Torrey Smith, against the outmatched East Carolina secondary. But it was the running backs who stole the show in the 51-20 victory. D.J. Adams, Da'Rell Scott, and David Meggett combined for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns against arguably the worst defense in college football. The opposition certainly didn't provide much of a challenge, but you still have to give the Terps credit for being able to take advantage of the opportunities. GRADE: B

Defense - Maryland figured they would have their hands full with Dominique Davis and the high-octane ECU offense. They knew they would have an advantage on offense, and just needed to keep the Pirates in check in order to secure a victory. Maryland's success started with a great scheme to frustrate and confuse Davis. Davis looked uncomfortable in the pocket, and the Terps forced him to turn the ball over three times (2 INTs, 1 FF). GRADE: B+

Coaching - While Friedgen received much of the praise for Maryland's performance in his last game as head coach, the job of defensive coordinator Don Brown should not be overlooked. ECU came into the game ranking in the top 20 nationally in most offensive categories, and Maryland held them to just one touchdown until the final minutes of regulation. Also a nod to running backs coach John Donovan for his job standing in for departed offensive coordinator James Franklin. GRADE: A-

EAST CAROLINA

Offense - East Carolina's impressive offensive statistics were not an overly inflated point because of a weaker schedule. In fact, the Pirates played three ACC teams this season (1-2), and they averaged 25.7 points in those games. So there are very few excuses for the numerous penalties and six turnovers by the East Carolina offense. The Pirates threw for 311 yards, but only rushed for 32 as the hurry-up offense was slowed to a stop by costly mistakes. Lincoln Riley is considered one of the bright young coaches in the game, but his offense mailed it in against the Terps. GRADE: F

Defense - The most disappointing thing about East Carolina's defense was watching them cave in the second half. Not only did Maryland continue to build the lead, but the effort applied (particularly on the 61 and 93 yard TD runs by Da'rell Scott) seemed to diminish as the clock continued to wind down. We knew that ECU's defense was the worst in the NCAA, but you still would like to see a little more effort in pursuit of the ball based on the bigger stage. Shame on us for having high hopes/expectations out of the Pirates defense in 2010. GRADE: F

Coaching - I believe that ECU has a bright future ahead, particularly under the leadership of first-year head coach Ruffin McNeill and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. But considering the four turnovers and 15 penalties, it is hard not to criticize the Pirates' preparation. ECU was sloppy out of the gate, and there were back-breaking penalties on both sides of the ball. Been a rough second half the season, and many of their woes continued into the postseason. GRADE: D+

FINAL GRADE: The 2010 Military Bowl was made up of, among other things, 71 points, 6 turnovers, 26 penalties, and lasted just a few minutes shy of four hours. Any further explanation would include too many expletives. Sloppy, long, and painful at the end. GRADE: F
 
 
 
 
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