Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said Monday that reductions in practice time – a self-imposed sanction in reaction to practice-limit violations last season – won’t negatively affect the team’s game preparation, difficult as that task might be.
Maryland announced earlier this month that it would reduce practice time this season from 20 hours per week to 17.5.
“It's not going to be an issue at all, because we're not going to let it be an issue,” Edsall said. “I've put together a schedule that is going to allow us to be successful in what we're doing. You just look at it … and people say, 'Oh, that's not a lot of time.' It's a lot of time when you're trying to do things that you want to get done from a coaching standpoint and a preparation standpoint.”
Edsall said the reductions will take away from film review and team meetings on Sundays and on-field practice time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“Once you get into game prep, I didn't think I could cut really the time that I wanted to from the standpoint of preparation and meeting time,” Edsall said. “So you had to cut, basically, on the field.”