With things spinning here in College Park between football availability and men’s basketball media day, here are some quick-hit quotes from Coach Randy Edsall’s weekly news conference.
On Virginia quarterbacks Michael Rocco and Phillip Sims: You really don’t see anything different in terms of what they do offensively. When Mike Rocco is in there and Philip’s in there. They have a little bit of a dilemma down there, with two quarterbacks. You may have guys in the Rocco camp, guys in the Sims camp. They may have a little bit of a controversy themselves down there.
On the success of Maryland’s defense, currently ranked seventh nationally: Anytime you’re successful, it’s because everybody’s buying into what you’re doing and believes in the philosophy. That’s really the reason we’re having the success we’re having. Our defensive coaches are preparing the guys really well, the guys are preparing themselves on the practice field and watching film and then taking all the things that the coaches are giving them, then when they go out on the practice field they’re practicing that way.
I talked about it to our team in the locker room and again on Sunday, defensively we’re playing with a lot of confidence. We’ve got some moxie on defense. And that’s what we’ve got to get on offense.
On quarterback Perry Hills: When we’ve needed to make drives in our games, in the fourth quarter, he’s stood up tall. He’s stood up tall. That’s what you look for in a quarterback. Again, there’s things we have to improve upon with Perry as well. When the time came, in those games we’ve won, he’s stood up and made those drives we needed to make.
On the Terps finally finishing games in the fourth quarter: I don’t like to look back, but we didn’t play for 60 minutes last season. One of the things we talked about in the offseason, we had to learn to compete, we had to learn how to finish. So far, through five games, we’ve seen that. We have to do a whole lot more to elevate our level of play to the standard we want it to be.