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C.J. Brown 'feeling great' and other Maryland football notes

COLLEGE PARK — Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown showed up to the postgame media availability Saturday sporting the same brace on his left wrist he has worn since spraining it against Indiana earlier this month.

Brown had also just spent time in the cold tub after suffering an upper trapezius injury during the Terps' 38-31 win over Iowa.

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However, Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday that Brown is "feeling great" as the Terps prepare for Saturday's game at Wisconsin.

"He's doing well," Edsall said. "He's smiling and walking. As a matter of fact, he was just up here going to his car a little while ago. He's fine. He's doing well."

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The possum

Maryland defensive end Andre Monroe lacks prototypical size for a defensive lineman at just 5-foot-11 and 280 pounds. Monroe also may not test out well when it comes time to run a 40-yard dash or knock out reps on the bench press.

However, Monroe consistently finds a way to beat offensive linemen and make plays in opposing backfields.

Monroe had 17 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks as a junior and has 42 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble in seven games this season.

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Monroe had six tackles, a tackle for a loss and a half-sack against Iowa on Saturday despite working a decent amount against standout left tackle Brandon Scherff, who is widely regarded as one of the top left tackles in the country.

"It's really interesting. He went up against an All-American tackle last week versus Iowa and did a really good job," Edsall said. "The thing with Andre is, he's kind of a little bit like a possum sometimes. You sometimes think that he's kind of not going hard. And then all the sudden, he's a lot quicker.

"People take a look at his size and think that a guy that's 5-11 with heels can't maybe play on the defensive line and be as productive. But he's got a motor. He's got great quickness. He understands leverage. And you talk about a guy that is playing with a lot of confidence, it's Andre.

"He's healthy. We had some other things that we dealt with him on that made him better from a sleep standpoint. He just goes out there and goes hard and wants to play well. You talk about a guy that's come a long way, there's another guy that's really grown and developed in the time that I've been here, and it's neat to see. It's neat to see him play the way that he's playing. And he's playing that way because he's working hard and he's listening and he's doing stuff on his own."

Wisconsin coach talks about Maryland

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen talked about Maryland some during the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday.

"Very talented team. Very athletic," Andersen said. "Obviously they've fit in very well in the Big Ten and have handled the situations very well in the conference, and they came from a quality conference, so they're a great addition in my opinion, which I'm sure we all believed. Like I said, offensively, they're a skillful team. The quarterback [Brown] has made some tremendous plays with his arm and with his legs, even as of last week.

"He had some scrambles that were tremendous plays that he was contested in the pocket highly and got out of there and did some very, very good things for his team. On defense, I think their front seven is very aggressive, physical, tough-minded kids. Very athletic in the defensive front. And in the back end, they're very sound, and they run well. Obviously the young man [cornerback Will Likely] makes big plays and has consistently done that week in and week out.

"But the rest of the guys back there are pretty good. So this is a good football team, and we'll have to play our best game to have an opportunity to win."

Andersen describes Wisconsin star running back Gordon

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon ran for 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns last year while averaging 7.8 yards per carry.

Instead of going pro, Gordon returned for his redshirt junior season and is averaging an FBS-best 174 yards per game and is averaging 7.9 yards per carry.

Gordon has 13 rushing touchdowns in six games and has run for 140 yards or more in five of those six games. Gordon also has at least one run of 43 yards or longer in all but one game.

"A lot goes into every football play. But a special player has an opportunity when there's a crease or when you've got one guy you've got to make miss or what have you to get that done, and that's what makes a special player or in Melvin's case a very, very elite player," Andersen said. "He has great vision. He has pad level. He has toughness. His pre-snap awareness is very good. And when he gets the right help from his offensive line, tight ends, fullbacks and wide receivers — and the quarterback makes the right check — he's going to have a great opportunity to go the distance if he gets up to the second level.

"So much of that is God-given ability, but he's worked hard at it. It means a lot to him. And when he gets to the second level, he plays with tremendous angles. He knows how to cut the defense where he needs to cut the defense to be able to get as many yards as possible on that run that he's in the middle of."

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