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Sunday, October 4, 2009

FROM TERRAPINS INSIDER

Scott's Season Probably Over

Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott is likely out for the year with a broken left wrist suffered Saturday in the Terrapins' 24-21 win over Clemson. Scott had struggled this season, but his loss is still a blow to the team. Davin Meggett and Gary Douglas need to step up. . . .

Left tackle Bruce Campbell left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. Coach Ralph Friedgen did not have an update on his condition. . . .

After turning the ball over 13 times through four games, Friedgen spent the week preaching about the importance of protecting the football. He even made the entire offense perform 10 up-downs after each turnover in practice.

But on Friday, when Friedgen asked his team about the most important key to victory Saturday, some players said staying low, and others responded that they needed to out-hit Clemson. Friedgen had to ask four times before finally gritting his teeth and growling, "Don't turn the ball over!"

"I was a little more graphic than that," Friedgen said after Saturday's 24-21 victory over Clemson.

Maryland committed two more turnovers Saturday. Anthony Wiseman fumbled a punt on a return, and Meggett fumbled the ball late in the fourth quarter. But the Terrapins also forced two turnovers, none more important than when linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield forced quarterback Kyle Parker to fumble in the game's final seconds.

-- Eric Prisbell


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