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Terps sticking with punter Nate Renfro and other notes

Maryland coach Randy Edsall said he is not planning on changing punters despite junior Nate Renfro’s recent struggles.

Renfro, whom Edsall has described as inconsistent since the spring, averaged just 32.2 yards on his final five punts against Ohio State on Oct. 4 and averaged only 37.8 yards on nine punts during the Terps’ win over Iowa on Saturday.

One punt against Iowa traveled just 19 yards. Another — which was snapped from the Hawkeyes’ 38-yard line — sailed out of the end zone for a touchback at a key moment of the fourth quarter when Maryland was depending on Renfro to pin Iowa inside its 20-yard line.

The problem for the Terps?

“Who are you going to put in?,” Edsall said during his weekly conference call Sunday.

The only other two punters on Maryland’s roster are walk-on freshman Lee Shrader and senior Michael Tart, who averaged just 34 yards per punt on the only three punts of his Terps career.

Maryland could use kicker Brad Craddock as a punter. But it does not seem like...

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Terps coach Randy Edsall receives attention for sideline catch

Late in the fourth quarter of Maryland’s win over Iowa on Saturday, Hawkeyes quarterback Jake Rudock had nowhere to go with the football.

Instead of trying to force the ball into a congested area, Rudock decided to throw it away, at which point Terps coach Randy Edsall had a chance to show that he still has some athleticism, even at 56 years old.

Rudock threw the ball towards the Maryland sideline and in the direction of Edsall, who — instead of letting the ball go over his head — jumped up, fully extended his arms and caught the ball before nonchalantly turning and tossing it to the referee.

“Just natural instincts,” Edsall, a former college quarterback at Syracuse, joked during his weekly conference call Sunday. “I think I might have a better vertical jump than some of our guys.”

Edsall’s catch was talked about on ESPN. Video of the catch was linked to on ESPN, as well as other sites, and there were a decent amount of people on Twitter talking about Edsall’s catch.

“I’ve had more...

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Terps' Evan Smotrycz out 4-6 weeks after breaking bone in left foot

Maryland senior Evan Smotrycz is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot in practice Friday, the Terps said Sunday.

The fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone is considered less serious of a break in the same foot suffered last season by former Terps point guard Seth Allen, who missed two months and said after he transferred last spring that he came back too soon in order to help a struggling team. Smotrycz will have surgery later this week.

The timeline for Smotrycz's recovery means that the 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward -- who is considered one of Maryland's top 3-point shooters -- could be back shortly after the Nov. 14 season opener. The Terps shouldn't face a serious test until facing Arizona State in the opening round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 24.

Smotrycz averaged 11 points and six rebounds last season after transferring from Michigan.

In his place, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has a few options, the most likely...

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Led by C.J. Brown, resilient Terps leave game against Iowa with more than a win

There’s no way to measure mental toughness when high school football players are being recruited, no stopwatch to put to a kid to see how long it takes for him to get back into a game when he has been knocked out. If there was, Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown might have been a five-star prospect in high school, not a three-star one. 

There’s also no tangible way to figure out how big a win Maryland’s 38-31 victory over Iowa on Saturday at Byrd Stadium will be for another couple of months, at least not before the Terps get through the four-game gauntlet they now face in their inaugural Big Ten Conference season.

Accustomed to coming back from injuries and inconsistencies throughout a six-year college football career filled with plenty of each, Brown was not the only Maryland player to show resilience in what could be a season-defining game for the Terps, now 5-2. He was clearly their most important.

Brown didn’t let his own mistake — a first-play interception that set up Iowa’s first...

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Terps quarterback C.J. Brown leaves game with back injury before returning vs. Iowa

Early in the third quarter Saturday, Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown fell forward as he was being tackled near the Iowa football team's sideline.

As he went down, a Hawkeyes defender dived in and landed on Brown's upper back.

Brown remained facedown on the ground for several minutes. He later was evaluated on the sideline before being taken into the Terps locker room.

After being treated, Brown returned to the game with about 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

"It definitely scared me because the whole right side of my back tightened up, locked up," said Brown, who suffered an upper-trapezius injury in his back. "I've got to look at the film. I thought it was a late hit. He got me on top of the head, so my neck and my shoulders are a little bit tight. … But I felt like I could go, and I was able to go back out there and finish."

Brown was initially unsure about whether he would be able to return. But he warmed up on the sideline and threw the ball some with running back Wes...

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With forward Evan Smotrycz injured, Terps have questions, options in frontcourt

Football coach Randy Edsall doesn’t have a monopoly at Maryland on game plans and seasons impacted by injuries.

Men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon quickly is catching up to his counterpart in College Park.

With senior forward Evan Smotrycz out for an undetermined period with what Turgeon classified Friday as a “bad” sprain of his left ankle, the Terps could start a season without a key player for the third time in Turgeon’s four seasons.

In his first season, Turgeon had to go with a point-guard-by-committee when Pe'Shon Howard missed the first nine games with a broken foot. A year ago, guard Seth Allen broke his left foot before the start of the season and didn’t come back until mid-January.

Now it’s Smotrycz, who said he rolled his left ankle at practice Friday and showed up at Maryland Madness a few hours later on crutches, with his left foot in a walking boot. Turgeon tried to keep the mood upbeat Friday, but this is not the way he wanted to go into his first season in the Big Ten...

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