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Even if you didn’t like Maryland’s uniforms, you might at least want to admit that they are good for a program on the rise.
Maryland got a great win over Miami on Monday night, but it came despite some pretty serious red zone issues. What happened? How can the Terps fix these problems going forward?
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapins just finished off an exciting 32-24 win over the Miami Hurricanes, giving coach Randy Edsall a win in his debut appearance. Here is some postgame reaction from Edsall and some of the players.
On the win in general: "It was a great win for our University, for the State, for the players, the assistant coaches. I just couldn't be more proud of the effort that everybody gave. When I came here, I talked about building a team, and tonight, I mean really, the whole team came through. The players did their jobs, the coaches did their jobs, the fans were unbeleivable. If we can create this kind of an atmosphere every Saturday, we're going to be tough to beat. When you just come out and play hard and play together, this is what happens. Like I said I couldn't be more happy and proud of those young men and those assistant coaches for a job well done."
On quarterback Danny O'Brien in the two minute drill: "That play at the end there, it's ironic because I think it's the first time all preseason where he's took a team down and scored in a two-minute situation. When you look at it, we got some weapons. I told you guys as much as I would tell you during the preseason that we have some receivers that could get it done. I thought he spread the ball around quite a bit tonight to everybody -- tight ends, receivers, running backs. I thought he was really good if his first guy was taken away, going to second and third guys I thought he did a tremendous job there. He stayed poised throughout and did a great job at the end."
On the new jerseys and what they mean: "I talked to the guys and said. 'I have two things I gotta show you.' Showed them a highlight type video, then the uniforms, because they hadn't even seen them. They knew something was up because we went out and practiced with the helmet and the shoes, because you have to break them in. But you should have been in that room when that video came on that Under Armour did that they played when we came out. I think we blew the roof off that hotel. Those kids were so excited. Again, it's about the pride. They're playing not only for themselves, but for every Maryland player that's gone through this program and the whole state. That's what we're trying to build."
On the big play to wide receiver Kevin Dorsey on the final drive: "They gave us man [coverage], they didn't give us a lot of it throughout the game. They finally manned up, and I feel with our receivers, anytime it's one on one, it's a mismatch. We were saying the whole game that we were patient with it, and when we got that matchup, we were going to take advantage of it."
On the reaction to the new jerseys: "For real? We thought they were cool. I guess any publicity is good publicity. We thought they were pretty cool but I guess people didn't think so. Coach made a really good point before the game that it's the players inside the uniforms that win this game. It's cool to do this kind of stuff but you still have to play football and you forget about it when you're playing anyway."
On how important his fumble return was for momentum: "I think it just gave us a boost for halftime. We were right there, they came out and scored on us. The defense had to step up, we just got a turnover. [I thought], 'just run with the ball.' I just caught a gift and took it to the house.
The Maryland defense got a major scare during the fourth quarter of their 32-24 win over Miami on Monday night when starting linebacker Darin Drakeford went down with an ankle injury. Drakeford laid on the ground for a while and was eventually carted off the field. However, after the game, he indicated the injury wasn't serious.
Drakeford informed reporters that he merely had a sprained ankle and would be ready for Maryland's next game against West Virginia. Via Brendan Darr of 106.7 The Fan:
Darin Drakeford said he just needs some ice and relaxation and should be good for the WVU game. Huge relief for #Terp fans.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyBrendan Darr
Despite significant issues in the red zone, the Maryland Terrapins were able to defeat the Miami Hurricanes 32-24 in the season and conference opener for both clubs. An undermanned Miami football team, rocked in recent weeks by the Nevin Shapiro scandal, scrapped and clawed until the very end, finally being undone by the Terps' Cameron Chism intercepting a Stephen Morris pass and returning it for a touchdown with less than a minute left in the game.
Maryland jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, and looked ready to run away from the Canes before the offense began stalling in the red zone. Several lenghty drives ended in just three points off the leg of Terps kicker Nick Ferrara, and if it weren't for the defensive touchdowns scored by defensive lineman Joe Vellano and Chism, the result of this game could have been very different.
Danny O'Brien had a monster evening at the helm for Maryland, earning Randy Edsall a victory in his Maryland debut. O'Brien was 31 of 44 for 348 yards, throwing both a touchdown and interception. He was aided on the ground and in the backfield by Davin Meggett, who gained 92 yards on 21 carries and was Clinton Portis-esque in his blitz pick up.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terps just lost another member of their starting defensive unit. Earlier, defensive end Isaiah Ross had to leave the game with a left leg injury. This time, junior linebacker Darin Drakeford was carted off the field late in the game against Miami. Drakeford was not given the chance to walk off the field, instead being put on the cart right away and taken to the locker room.
Drakeford is a very important part of the Terrapins defense, and if they lose him for any extended period of time, it could be a pretty serious blow because they lack depth at that position. Details about Drakeford's injury are not readily available, but he spent a few moments writhing in pain on the field before being carted off, which is not a good sign.
If Drakeford is out for a while the Terps will ave a difficult time replacing him. We will have more details on this injury as soon as they become available.
The Maryland Terrapins have made five trips into the red zone in their season opener, and have left with just 16 points. A 14 play third quarter drive was the lastest example of their futility, as it yielded the third Nick Ferrara field goal of the game rather than a touchdown and seven points. The Terps still manage to hold a slim lead over Miami after three, 23-21.
Stephen Morris and the Hurricanes, decimated as their team may be, are looking to spoil Maryland's opener, and came out strong to start the second half, scoring a touchdown after a nine play, 62-yard drive. Morris, 10 of 13 on the day for 143 yards, scored on the ground from five yards out.
Maryland defensive lineman Isaiah Ross had to leave the the game with a possible left leg injury in the third quarter. The team has yet to release a report on Ross' condition.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Terrapins may have suffered their first serious injury of the 2011 season. Junior defensive lineman Isaiah Ross suffered an apparent leg injury in the third quarter of their game against Miami. He was able to hobble off the field, but after going to the sideline, he was put onto a cart and taken back into the locker room. As of npw, there has been no announcement about the nature or severity of the injury.
Ross was on the opposite side of the play when his injury occurred and remained on the field for several moments after the whistle. The Terps don't have a ton of depth on the defensive line, so this could prove to be a pretty big blow if the injury is serious. They were already having enough trouble stopping the Miami rushing attack.
We will keep you posted as soon as any news becomes readily available.
A depleted Miami Hurricanes football team has fought back from a 10-0 first quarter deficit to trail the Maryland Terrapins 20-14 at the half, and if it weren't for the wheels of Terps defensive lineman Joe Vellano, the Canes would actually hold the lead. Vellano recovered a Miami fumble with under a minute left in the half, and trucked 29 yards for the touchdown.
Maryland was plagued by poor red zone production in the half against Nevin's Orphans - the Terps turned four red red zone trips into just 13 points. 62-yard and 72-yard second quarter drives ended with field goals by Maryland place kicker Nick Ferrara.
The redo zone deficiency is particularly disconcerting given the way Maryland has dominated the first half statistically. The Terps have outgained the Canes 311 yards to 188. Maryland has 19 first downs to just eight for the Hurricanes.
Terps quarterback Danny O'Brien has been stellar in the half, completing 22 of 30 passes for 239 yards, tossing a first quarter touchdown to Ronnie Tyler, but also costing Maryland points with a back of the end zone pick that ended a 70-yard first quarter drive.
The Maryland Terrapins, wearing fresh duds that will be talked about for days, began their season in impressive fashion, driving 79 yards in 11 plays on their opening drive and scoring a touchdown on a 10-yard Danny O'Brien toss to wide out Ronnie Tyler.
O'Brien was six for seven on the opening series, throwing for 72 yards and the touchdown. Running back Davin Meggett added three carries for 12 yards, and Tyler chipped in two catches for 22 yards and the score. Overall, it was beautiful execution of new playcaller Gary Crowton's inaugural offensive series.
O'Brien did end the Terps second series with an ill-advised throw into the end zone that was picked off, but the Maryland defense answered with a strip sack of Miami quarterback Stephen Morris that was recovered by Terps' defensive lineman Joe Vellano.
All in all, a terrific start to the season for Maryland and new head man Randy Edsall. And did I mention those uniforms?
At long last, Maryland football will begin the Randy Edsall era on Monday against ACC rival Miami in a highly-anticipated season opener filled with major storylines. At first, the big story surrounded the debuts of Edsall and new Miami football coach Al Golden. Now, in the wake of the Nevad Shapiro scandal, the focus is squarely on the Hurricanes as they try to recover from one of the most dramatic NCAA scandals of all time.
Key players on both sides will not be playing in this game, though mostly on Miami's side. Here now is all the information you need, including time, TV information, announcers and odds (for entertainment purposes only).
Who: Miami vs. Maryland.
Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park.
Time: 8 p.m.
Spread: Terps by four.
For more information on Miami, visit our Q&A with SB Nation's Miami blog The 7th Floor. For more on the Miami vs. Maryland game, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, visit Testudo Times.
The Terps host the Miami Hurricanes tonight, but who knows what their team will look like. For some help making sense of things, we got some answers from SB Nation's Miami blog The 7th Floor.
Sure, it's not College Gameday with Chris, Kirk, Lee and Desmond, but the second best thing is coming to Byrd Stadium's student section Monday night for the Terrapins match-up with the Miami Hurricanes: College Football Live. Via Testudo Times, here is the email sent to Maryland students:
ESPN's College Football Live crew will be broadcasting from inside Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium for the Maryland Football game Monday night against Miami. The backdrop of the show's set will be the student section! With the gates opening at 6:30pm, we need the student section PACKED before we go LIVE on National TV from 7 - 8pm, . Let's show this country what Terrapin Nation is all about - make plans to arrive early, WEAR WHITE (see umterps.com/OPERATION54K), and make some noise!
The show will begin broadcasting live from the stadium at 7:00 P.M. on ESPN, running an hour until the Terps and Canes kickoff at 8:00 P.M. The gates open at 6:30 P.M., so hopefully some rowdy, raucous, good sign-making Maryland fans will answer the call presented in the email and fill the student section before the cameras go live. Perhaps ESPN will even throw local fans a bone and have ex-Redskin Mark May on Monday evening's broadcast.
Maryland injury report: TE Dave Stinebaugh (out), WR Adrian Coxson (doubtful), FB Rahsaan Moore (probable). No actual injuries listed.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyPatrick Stevens
The biggest injury for the Terps of course occurred less than a week into preseason camp, when junior defensive lineman Justin Anderson had to undergo foot surgery. He was scheduled to miss at least six weeks, and it is not yet known when he will return to the field for coach Randy Edsall.
Maryland will also be without running back D.J. Adams Monday night. Adams was suspended one game for violating a team rule.
Given that much of the reasoning for longtime Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen's departure was lagging season ticket sales and a struggle to lease luxury suites and premium seats during his tenure, the Maryland athletic department would probably like to sell out new head man Randy Edsall's opener. Not the case just yet, says Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun:
As of this afternoon, a few-hundred tickets remain for Maryland-Miami. Maryland was determined there not be empty seats for Edsall debut.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyJeff Barker
Obviously, there is time before Monday night's kickoff to sell a few hundred tickets and indeed fill Byrd Stadium to capacity. I am sure the nuclear bomb levied on Miami by the Nevin Shapiro scandal took the luster off of this game for some ticket buyers, so there are certainly mitigating circumstances for not selling out your home season opener, but it still wouldn't look great for Maryland officials.
The Terps released their depth chart for the first game of the year last week, and the most glaring mission was D.J. Adams, the presumed backup running back and touchdown vulture heading into this year. Without any comment from the coaching staff to accompany the release we had no idea what would cause Adams to lose his job, let alone his place on the active roster altogether.
Now we have that information. Adams will not play against Miami, along with Cody Blue, because he will serve a one game suspension for violating a team rule. According to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times, Randy Edsall brought the issue to light during an ACC teleconference.
"D.J. won't be playing in the game against Miami --- he and Cody Blue," Edsall said. "We had a team situation. There was a team issue that was involved. Those two guys won't be available to play against Miami. Once the Miami game is behind us, we'll move forward."
Without Adams, the Terps have two freshmen behind starter Davin Meggett. This may become an issue if Meggett runs out of steam, or if the Terps need to run the ball a ton to be effective. It is assumed that this is only a one game ban that Adams is serving, so he should be available for their game against West Virginia in two weeks.
It's now official: Miami will be without eight players, including quarterback Jacory Harris, when they take on Maryland in the season opener on Monday. The NCAA handed down suspensions to eight players connected with booster Nevad Shapiro, giving them anywhere from one- to six-game suspensions.
The suspensions are as follows. Via Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated:
Those are some major losses. Harris is the big name, but the most significant loss is probably Armstrong, who is one of the top defensive backs in the ACC. That should make things easier for the Terps' young receiving core. The loss of all those defensive lineman should also be a big help to the Terps.
It remains to be seen whether the players that Miami declared ineligible due to their connection with booster Nevad Shapiro end up playing in the season opener against Maryland, but as of now, it looks like they may not. Miami coach Al Golden told reporters on Tuesday that he is planning for the game as if they will not be playing. Via Tim Reynolds:
Golden on the ineligible players: "Right now, we're not counting on those guys."
Eight players, including quarterback Jacory Harris, were reportedly ruled ineligible by Miami in an attempt to get the NCAA to overturn the decision prior to the season opener. Golden, however, said that number was inaccurate.
Regardless, this is a sign that the Terps will indeed be facing a depleted Miami squad on Monday. Both Golden and Maryland coach Randy Edsall will be making their ACC debuts in the Labor Day night showdown, which will be televised on ESPN.
The University of Maryland opens the season a week from today against the Miami Hurricanes, or what's left of them, in a Nationally televised game at Byrd Stadium in College Park. In terms of season opening games, I can't think of a more exciting one that Maryland has played in in the last few years. The Terps released their depth chart for that game, and it has a few things of note in it, via Testudo Times.
The most glaring is the complete absence of D.J. Adams, who many thought would be the back up running back this year. He isn't listed anywhere.
he's not in the three-deep at RB, having been surpassed by CB-convert Jeremiah Wilson and true freshman Justus Pickett. Edsall's had his fair share of "WTF?" depth chart decisions (A.J. Francis at the bottom of the depth chart in spring training, for example), so I'll just chalk this one up to that. Again. Unless there's some injury we don't know about - possible, I suppose, as the injury report won't be posted until Wednesday - it's not a promising sign.
Adams was expected to be a valuable short yardage back this year, so hopefully there is some reason that he isn't listed at all. Some less interesting but still important observations:
There aren't very many surprises, but actually seeing how all these rumored moves actually look on paper gives us a much better idea of what the time will look like when they take the field next week.
Miami football has already ruled eight players ineligible for their season opener against Maryland on September 5 in an attempt to get the NCAA to appeal the suspensions. One of the players that was reportedly ruled ineligible was quarterback Jacory Harris. In an interview with the Associated Press, Harris said he expects the NCAA to reinstate him in time for the September 5 game.
Seeming upbeat as usual, Miami quarterback Jacory Harris did not hesitate when asked about the fast-approaching start of the Hurricanes' season.
"I expect to play," Harris said. "Yes, sir."
Miami has reportedly asked the NCAA to rule quickly on the eight ineligible players. Declaring the players ineligible allows the NCAA to step in and rule on them. Had Miami not declared the players ineligible, the NCAA likely would have handed down even harsher penalties.
As of right now, it looks like Miami football will declare eight of the 12 current players mentioned in the Yahoo! Sports investigation involving booster Nevad Shapiro and illegal benefits ineligible. According to a report in the Miami Herald, the eight players include quarterback Jacory Harris.
It's not clear who the other seven are, but all this means is that the NCAA's decision-making process can now begin. The school will now have a chance of having those eight players be reinstated to play in the September 5 opener against Maryland. The NCAA will now review each of the eight players and determine whether to hand down a suspension or reinstate them.
Miami has decided that the other four players involved in the report were given no more than $100 and can repay those deeds to charity.
The Miami Herald is reporting that Miami football will attempt to rule the 12 current players mentioned in Yahoo! Sports' report with ties to booster Nevad Shapiro ineligible prior to the team's season opener vs. Maryland on September 5. However, this move would really be a preemptive one that would allow the university to appeal their suspensions and potentially get them reinstated.
Via the report:
If it hasn't already, the University of Miami is expected to declare the 12 or more football players being investigated by the NCAA ineligible within the next week if the school wants the NCAA to rule on their reinstatement in time for the season opener Sept. 5 at Maryland.
Miami also can choose to let some or all of the players participate, but if they are found to have violated NCAA rules, the university would risk stiffer penalties.
To sum it up: if Miami rules the players ineligible themselves, they can appeal to the NCAA for an ultimate decision on how many games they would sit out. Sometimes, the NCAA will let them off with no penalty, like with Cam Newton last season. Sometimes, they will let them off with a shorter suspension, like with the Ohio State players. If Miami lets them play, though, and they are found to have violated some rules, the NCAA would hand down a much harsher penalty.
The 12 players named in the Yahoo! report are quarterback Jacory Harris, wide receivers Travis Benjamin and Aldarius Johnson, tight end Dyron Dye, defensive linemen Marcus Forston, Adewale Ojomo and Oliver Vernon, linebackers Sean Spence and Marcus Robinson, cornerback JoJo Nicolas and safeties Ray-Ray Armstrong and Vaughn Telemaque.
Jim Larranaga, who bolted George Mason to become the head coach at Miami, is now likely caught picking up the pieces after some of his predecessors were named in the Miami football investigation.
In light of the Miami football investigation revealing some major rules violations by booster Nevad Shapiro, the Hurricanes will likely bring a stripped-down roster to Byrd Stadium for the season opener against Maryland. Sixty-five football players in all were named in Yahoo! Sports' investigation. Twelve of those players are ones that currently play for the team.
Those 12 players are as follows:
Harris, the starting quarterback, is the big name on that list, but two other names to note are Armstrong and Telemaque. Both are starting defensive backs that led the team in interceptions last season. That should make things easier for Danny O'Brien and company if they are suspended.
As for the possible suspensions, considering A.J. Green was suspended half the year last year for selling his jersey, you'd think those 12 players would get something at least on par like that.
Maryland's first opponent of the college football season is in trouble. A Yahoo! Sports investigation centered around booster Nevin Shapiro revealed a litany of NCAA violations involving Miami football and basketball, with as many as 73 players and several head and assistant coaches involved. The violations include money, strip clubs, prostitution, yacht trips, access to nightclubs, bounties on star players and so much more.
Shapiro, who is in prison for being at the center of a Ponzi scheme, confirmed all the information to Yahoo! Sports. Spencer Hall of SBNation.com has a summary of all the violations.
Assuming the information is true, Miami is expected to receive a punishment unseen since SMU. That would certainly mean that Maryland will see a stripped-down Hurricanes squad in the season opener on Labor Day. Pun intended.
Miami, who is scheduled to be Maryland's first opponent in 2011, is looking at possible NCAA violations that could hamper the program.
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