There wasn’t much breaking news out of College Park on Tuesday afternoon (well, not any football breaking news), but there still are plenty of news and notes to keep you going through the week and into Saturday’s Week 2 matchup at Temple.
Coach Randy Edsall said he thinks some players will be removing their names from the Terps’ lengthy injury list, but declined to list who he expected back for the game in Philadelphia.
“I will get a better idea as the week goes on,” Edsall said. “Because this was the first game, we just got to go out and see guys play. I will have a better idea Thursday after we get to go out and see the guys practice. Hopefully we can one or two more guys back out there.”
For what it’s worth, linebacker Isaiah Ross (hamstring) tweeted before the William & Mary game that he would be back this week. Defensive back A.J. Hendy (ankle) also tweeted, “I gotta play this week, dis one is personal.”
Time for revenge?
Now, about that whole “dis one is personal” mentality. We’ll have more on this later in the week, but expect the Terps to have a chip on their shoulder after last season’s 38-7 beating they took at home against the Owls. Multiple players spoke to the bitter taste last season left. Edsall said he recently watched film of that game, and was put in a foul mood afterward.
“I think you can take a look at things that they use schematically,” Edsall said. “Our schemes have changed, but you can look at their schemes in terms of what they did. We did a very poor job of stopping their run and stopping their play-action passes.
“You learn from what has previously happened. Now we need to focus on what we do well and bring that to the field this weekend.”
According to offensive lineman Justin Gilbert, the Terps are keeping a percent-error chart, the goal being to fall below 12 percent error. He didn’t mention what the totals were against the Tribe, but said the lack of offense was “disappointing.”
“Every game you want to get as many yards as you can,” Gilbert said. “We’ll work on it. I still think we ran the ball pretty well. It’s always a focus every week so we’re definitely going to try to improve on that as well as every other aspect of focus.”
More playing time for Mike Madaras?
“We want to play him, and we’re trying to develop some depth,” Edsall said of the freshman. “We want to bring along some guys. We made the decision going into that first game, and we’re going to continue to play him. I thought he did okay. He got his feet wet.”
● With kickoffs moved up to the 35-yard line, the Terps will try to boom a few more out of the end zone. The more pressing effect, however, could come on the receiving end. Expect teams, like William & Mary, to just avoid Stefon Diggs all together and not risk the true freshman’s home run threat. “I believe the number of touchbacks is going to be very, very high in college football at the end of the year,” Edsall said.
● No Terps were named among the ACC players of the week. Among the honorees, Duke receiver Conner Vernon became the program’s all-time leader in receptions and Clemson running back Andre Ellington had a nation-high 228 yards.
● Check out fellow Raleigh native Demetrius Hartsfield talking about hoops transfer Dez Wells here.