By Jeff Barker
The Baltimore Sun
3:26 PM EST, February 26, 2014
Maryland opens football spring practices this Saturday.
Coaches say the defense will emphasize improving red-zone defense and tackling techniques.
On offense, coaches say the team will concentrate on minimizing turnovers.
“A lot of people use springs for a lot of different reasons – fine-tune the offense, fine-tune the defense ... do goal-line, do red-zone defense,” defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said Wednesday.
“Nevada-Reno, they put in a pistol in the spring. That’s when it was invented. Our focus is going to be better tackling and then playing better red-zone defense. We’re going to get better in other areas, but those are two emphases.”
Last season’s statistics dictate the spring’s priorities.
Maryland allowed a score on 48 of 53 red-zone opportunities. That percentage, 90.6, ranked Maryland’s defense 12th out of of 14 ACC teams.
In turnover margin, the Terps were last in the conference at minus-7.Maryland produced a depth chart in advance of spring practice, but position battles don’t truly come into focus until August. Spring is a chance for coaches to look more at the big picture.
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