College Park has officially entered full-blown Harrison Twins Watch ’12 mode. But here’s some news and notes from Coach Randy Edsall’s Thursday availability in preparation of Saturday’s game against Wake Forest.
— Edsall recently met with Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson to discuss the football team’s schedule in light of the ACC’s decision to maintain an eight-game conference schedule. “I think we’ll end up being in pretty good shape,” Edsall said, looking ahead to Maryland’s open dates on the 2013 and 2014 schedule. Because ACC teams banked on a nine-game conference schedule, they will all likely have to scramble to fill the hole.
Teams could potentially schedule an ACC team for a game that wouldn’t count toward the conference standings (Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver said he’s open to this scenario), but Edsall said the Terps won’t explore that option. He also doesn’t anticipate having two Football Championship Subdivision schools on the schedule. “There are FBS schools that would have openings that could close real quick,” Edsall said. Maryland will revisit its previous scheduling options from before Notre Dame joined the conference.
As far as facing the Fighting Irish down the road, Edsall said he’d rather host them at Byrd Stadium than take the matchup to FedEx Field or M&T Bank Stadium.
–The injury report hasn’t changed. The only players ruled out for Saturday’s game are Andre Monroe and C.J. Brown, both lost for the season with knee injuries, and kicker Nick Ferrara, who is progressing through doctor-mandated rest to heal his injured hip. As for Joe Vellano (foot), who has been listed on the injury report yet played throughout the season, “I can guarantee he’s probably,” Edsall said. Vellano’s becoming the “Tom Brady: Questionable” of the Terps season. As usual with Brady, Vellano will play Saturday.
–Barring injury to a starter or something totally unexpected, Edsall said that any true freshman who hasn’t played to this point will likely be redshirted. That includes quarterback Caleb Rowe, who was taken off the two-deep depth chart entering Saturday.
–With the 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Byrd Stadium, the Terps will move their team meeting from Friday night to Saturday morning. That frees Edsall up to go see DeMatha-Good Counsel and check out some Maryland recruits.
–Edsall was asked if he ever had started a freshman offensive lineman before Mike Madaras takes over at left tackle this weekend. He took a lengthy pause. “I probably did,” he said. “It’s rare though.”
–Scout team honors went to the following Terps: P.J. Gallo (offense), Clarence Murphy (defense) and Tony Perry (special teams).