Quick hits from Coach Randy Edsall’s short Sunday teleconference call with members of the media after Maryland’s 36-27 win over Temple in Philadelphia on Saturday.
● The Terps have eight turnovers through the season’s first two games: Quarterback Perry Hills threw three interceptions and Albert Reid fumbled in the opener against William & Mary; against Temple, Wes Brown was stripped twice, Stefon Diggs muffed a punt and Hills fumbled as well.
The common denominator? All eight turnovers have come from true freshmen.
Cause for worry? Not for the Terps.
“I think they’re correctable,” Edsall said. “If you take a look from Week 1 to Week 2, we corrected the interceptions.
“They’re learning the intricacies of college football and ball security. We’ll do the things necessary. I told them in the team meeting, we can’t go on and continue to have that many turnovers and expect to win.”
● Don’t expect much out of Edsall this week regarding his ties to upcoming opponent U-Conn., though he’ll likely be bombarded with questions about coaching against his former team and about the emotions that will swirl Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
“I haven’t even had a chance to think about that game. We’re just finishing up the Temple game, finshing our team meetings. I won’t even start on Connecticut until later this evening,” Edsall said. “That’s where we’re at right now.”
● Offensive lineman Josh Cary, who was listed as questionable with a knee injury, dressed and was on the sideline against the Owls, but never played. Edsall said he was there “from an emergency standpoint.”
In his stead, De’Onte Arnett has started at right guard and has “pleased” Edsall with his play. Edsall said Cary will likely return to the two-deep depth chart this week, but the starting offensive line probably will remain the same.
● No updates on fullback Tyler Cierski, who left with early in the game with an undisclosed injury. Edsall said the team will know more once Sunday’s practice wraps up and will have a better idea on the injury report come Thursday.