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Locksley confident in Maryland's 'culture'

Maryland interim coach Mike Locksley spent almost two weeks working to get his players to loosen up before Saturday's 31-30 loss to Penn State, in which he saw the fruits of his labor. With a matchup at No. 10 Iowa on deck this weekend, Locksley isn't worried about getting the Terps' mood and mindset to carry over.

"The good thing is I don't feel like we're going to have to re-create it," Locksley said in his Sunday conference call. "I feel like our guys really embraced it. I think they feel like they played better when they're loose and we're going to continue to have that type of culture."

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During his two weeks in charge of the program, Locksley has put the focus on the players and urged them to have more fun.

Locksley said Maryland is using a "24-hour rule" and that after Sunday evening's practice, the Terps will need to "flush the Penn State stuff" and "hit the reset button" to focus on Iowa.

Locksley also commended the Terps again for their play against the Nittany Lions despite coming up short because of self-inflicted mistakes.

"I'm pretty proud and feel good about the way our guys played the whole 60 minutes, which I think this might have been the first game this year that we played productively a full 60-minute game and were right there in it until the end," Locksley said.

Other notes from Locksley's Sunday conference call:

>> Wide receiver D.J. Moore will have an MRI on his right knee Monday. He appeared to suffer the injury when he was tackled after a 14-yard catch in the second quarter. Moore had three catches for 24 yards.

>> Right tackle Damian Prince is in a walking boot. Locksley said the team will know more about his status on Tuesday.

>> Right guard Andrew Zeller suffered a shoulder injury. Locksley also said the team will know more Tuesday.

>> Defensive tackle Kingsley Opara suffered a right hip contusion in the fourth quarter and will have X-rays Monday.

>> Locksley expects kicker Brad Craddock won't have any issues after his injury scare in the fourth quarter. He was hit in the right ankle by Penn State cornerback Grant Haley on a 36-yard field goal and was helped off the field. Craddock returned a few plays later and hit a 29-yard field goal.

>> Locksley said that communication on the restructured coaching staff was smooth. Tight ends coach John Dunn assisted Locksley with the playcalling.

"I didn't see any glitches in the communication," Locksley said.

>> Iowa checked in at No. 10 in the most recent Associated Press top 25 rankings. Maryland's matchup with the Hawkeyes will be its second top-10 tilt of the season after its 49-28 loss to No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 10. Michigan State, who the Terps will face Nov. 14, was ranked No. 6. Michigan, which beat the Terps 28-0 on Oct. 3, is No. 15.

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