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In first comments as Maryland's interim football coach, Matt Canada stresses priority is player safety

In first comments as Maryland's interim football coach, Matt Canada stresses priority is player safety

Maryland interim football coach Matt Canada said Wednesday that the Terps are practicing with a dual focus — playing with the memory of Jordan McNair’s death still fresh and raw, as well as preparing for the Sept. 1 season opener against Texas at FedExField.

“Our practices have been extremely crisp,” Canada said, estimating that Tuesday’s practice lasted 1 hour, 46 minutes. “The focus of our players’ health and safety is No. 1 and our players are feeling that and understanding that, and that has been our primary focus.”

Despite being named to take charge of the team after Terps head coach DJ Durkin, 40, was placed on administrative leave Saturday, Canada said his new title has...

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