— More rave reviews for safety Anthony Nixon, who stepped up in light of Matt Robinson’s groin injury, which kept him out. Nixon got the special teams game ball (Jeremiah Johnson on defense and Kevin Dorsey on offense).
“I think the biggest thing he did, he just went out there and did his job,” Edsall said. “He was prepared. Made that one nice play on the bootleg, mad a really good play when we were in man coverage and Harris broke through there, made a tackle in the open field.
“He understands the game, asks good questions.”
— Speaking of Johnson…
“We’ve got to get our offense to play with the same level of confidence that our defense is playing,” Edsall said. “JJ is a very emotional type of leader for us, and even on the practice field. He practices with great enthusiasm, great discipline, getting in here, taking look at film. It’s not surprising he’s playing as well as he is. Anytime you’re always prepared, and physically he’s done a good job with his body. When you feel comfortable with your physical skills, that’ll give you a level of confidence.”
— Kenneth Tate was in for 44 snaps against the Demon Deacons. According to the Terps film review, Tate, in his first home game in over a year, had three tackles, two assists, two quarterback hurries, sack, two tackles for a loss, caused a fumble, recovered a fumble and deflected two passes. Not a bad outing for The Linebacker Formerly Known As Kenny.
— As usual, Edsall offered little regarding injuries, but by all accounts the Terps came away healthy. “No one right now who will be having surgery this week,” Edsall said. “I’ll just leave it at that.”
— The one injury Edsall brought up was to linebacker L.A. Goree, who did not appear against the Demon Deacons. “First time in my career I’ve lost a guy in pregame warmups,” Edsall said. “Just doing those drills to get the team loosened up, and all of a sudden he had an issue. Came out, told me he wasn’t ready to go. That was a first.”