When hired, Edsall imposed team rules that included no earrings and no hats in the building, and he said that only neatly groomed facial hair would be permitted. While he — and Under Armour — introduced bold new uniforms, they did not include players’ names on the back, another nod to his team-first philosophy.
Senior defensive tackle Maurice Hampton said starting the season with Edsall felt like a fresh start to players, almost as if they were all freshmen because “he didn’t not pick favorites right off the bat.”
For some players, Hampton said, there was an adjustment period because “people are not used to being locked down so much. After a week goes by, any young guy wants to go out and party. There is a lot of social life out here, you can’t help but get caught up in it — it’s Maryland. But if you listen to him and do what he tells you to do, he is right, the prize is right there in front of you.”
After a large number of players found themselves running morning wind sprints in the spring for assorted transgressions, Hampton said, that number has dwindled.
“He is not going to pick people out of favoritism,” Hampton said. “It’s based on everything — your attitude, who you are, how you represent yourself. This is different. I feel it’s the right way to go, honestly.”
Edsall talks McCree, Tyler
Tyler and McCree will play for the first time since being suspended Sept. 15 after Tyler was arrested and charged with second-degree assault for allegedly punching a 33-year-old man in the face. McCree, police said, was present at the scene but not involved in the altercation.
When asked if he viewed the severity of their transgressions the same because both players served the same suspension, Edsall said: “Yes, I did. And I was privy to a lot more information than anyone sitting in this room or on the outside. I had seen the evidence, watched the evidence, so I have plenty of information. The punishment given out to both of them was right for both young men based on all the information that I have.”