Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
Randy Edsall on Terps QB C.J. Brown: 'I thought he executed real well'

Randy Edsall’s intent was to repeat his message one final time, the same message he had emphasized to Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown during the week.

So the Terps coach approached his senior quarterback leading up to Saturday’s game against Michigan and told him one last time to just relax and have fun.

Brown responded: “You don’t need to tell me that.”

“Right then and there, I knew he kind of felt at ease,” Edsall said during his weekly Sunday conference call.

Brown went out against Michigan and played what Edsall described as the quarterback’s best game of the season, exploiting the Wolverines as both a runner and as a passer while leading the Terps to a 23-16 victory that moved Maryland to 7-4 heading into its final game of the regular season.

There were no gaffes, like Brown’s poor decision that led to an interception that was returned for a touchdown against Michigan State in the previous week.

Brown, who received Maryland's offensive game ball Saturday against Michigan, ran for...

Read more
Mark Turgeon calls Richaud Pack the Terps' 'best player' so far this season

A lot has been written so far this season about Maryland senior guard Richaud Pack, much of it in this very space.

In a preseason profile, Pack talked about learning how to shoot on a backyard court his family built behind their home outside Detroit -- over a telephone wire that hovered above the entire length of the court.

More recently, Mark Turgeon talked about how pleasant a surprise Pack has been in the fact that he has been able to play both backcourt positions, starting the first three games along side freshman point guard Melo Trimble.

On Saturday after practice, Turgeon made an interesting comment about Pack, who is averaging a little more than eight points, a team-leading six rebounds and has nine assists to just two turnovers while shooting 10 of 18 from the field.

Turgeon said he told the team the same thing while watching tape of Thursday’s 66-50 win over Fordham, a game in which Pack had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists (only one turnover) in a team-high 30...

Read more
Terps look to prove they're 'good tournament team' in CBE Hall of Fame Classic

A year ago, a Maryland team searching for its identity went to a tropical location and seemingly found it at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, taking home a trophy and what turned to be a false sense of confidence.

Whatever the Terps got out of victories over Marist, Northern Iowa and Providence did not sustain itself back home. Maryland lost three of its next six games, including a disheartening defeat to Boston University.

It was a foretelling of a largely disappointing 17-15 season.

The Terps, who proclaimed to be a “good tournament team” after reaching the semifinals in both the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and the National Invitation Tournament in the 2012-13 season and then winning the Paradise Jam last year, will get another chance to prove that at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.

Maryland (3-0) will play Arizona State (3-0) Monday night and either No. 14 Iowa State (2-0) or Alabama (3-0, including 82-54 win over Towson) on Tuesday.

The only...

Read more
Terps make change at left tackle; Sean Davis to start at safety

The Maryland football team's struggles along the offensive line have led the Terps to make a change at left tackle.

Senior Jake Wheeler will start against Michigan on Saturday in place of Michael Dunn, Maryland’s starting left tackle for the first 10 games.

As of Thursday, Maryland coach Randy Edsall was not sure whether Dunn or Ryan Doyle, the incumbent, would start at right tackle. Both players have struggled at times.

Sophomore Wes Brown will start at running back for the second straight game. Brandon Ross, however, who started eight of the Terps' first nine games, is expected to rotate into the game more than he did during the Terps’ loss to Michigan State on Saturday, when Ross had just one carry to Brown's nine.

Defensively, cornerback Jeremiah Johnson’s injured hamstring has improved to the point where the senior will start for the first time since Maryland’s loss to Wisconsin on Oct. 25. After starting in place of Johnson at cornerback the past two games, Sean Davis will move...

Read more
Maryland basketball 'is a top-25 team,' Fordham coach says

In preparation for Thursday’s game against Maryland, Fordham coach Tom Pecora watched and evaluated game tape of the Terps from last season as well as from Maryland’s first two games of this year.

At one point Thursday, Pecora saw a couple Maryland fans that he knows. His message to them: “This is a top-25 team.”

“I think [that] because of their depth, their ability to shoot the basketball,” Pecora said. “They’ve got great size, and I know [coach Mark Turgeon] well enough to know they’re going to get better."

While the Terps led just 23-18 at halftime against Fordham before pulling away for 66-50 win, Maryland is 3-0 heading into Monday’s game against Arizona State (3-0).

Senior guard Dez Wells is averaging 17.7 points per game. Junior forward Jake Layman is averaging 14 points per game, and the Terps are shooting 52 percent from the field and 42 percent on 3-pointers after shooting just 43 percent on field goals and 34 percent on 3s on their way to finishing 17-15 last season....

Read more
Terps beat writers predict the outcome of Maryland-Michigan

Each week during Big Ten play, The Washington Post’s Roman Stubbs, another Maryland football beat writer and I share our predictions for the Terps' upcoming game.

This week’s rotating writer is Daniel Martin from Comcast SportsNet.

Here are our predictions for Saturday’s game between Maryland (6-4 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) and Michigan (5-5, 3-3) in Ann Arbor.

Matt Zenitz

Maryland 20, Michigan 16

I think Maryland’s offense will struggle against a highly-ranked Michigan defense led by former Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. However, the Wolverines are last in the Big Ten in total offense. Michigan quarterbacks have thrown 15 interceptions and just five touchdown passes since the first game of the season. And I think the Terps’ defense, fresh off two strong performances, will lead Maryland to a win at the “Big House.”

Roman Stubbs

Maryland 16, Michigan 13

Although Michigan needs a win to clinch bowl eligibility and will feed off its crowd in the home finale, I think Maryland...

Read more