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Terps coach Randy Edsall receives attention for sideline catch

Maryland coach Randy Edsall confronts an official after he called a timeout that Edsall said he had not requested at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland coach Randy Edsall confronts an official after he called a timeout that Edsall said he had not requested at Byrd Stadium. (Mitch Stringer / USA Today Sports)

Late in the fourth quarter of Maryland's win over Iowa on Saturday, Hawkeyes quarterback Jake Rudock had nowhere to go with the football.

Instead of trying to force the ball into a congested area, Rudock decided to throw it away, at which point Terps coach Randy Edsall had a chance to show that he still has some athleticism, even at 56 years old.

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Rudock threw the ball towards the Maryland sideline and in the direction of Edsall, who — instead of letting the ball go over his head — jumped up, fully extended his arms and caught the ball before nonchalantly turning and tossing it to the referee.

"Just natural instincts," Edsall, a former college quarterback at Syracuse, joked during his weekly conference call Sunday. "I think I might have a better vertical jump than some of our guys."

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Edsall's catch was talked about on ESPN. Video of the catch was linked to on ESPN, as well as other sites, and there were a decent amount of people on Twitter talking about Edsall's catch.

"I've had more compliments and more notoriety for that than a lot of other things in my career," Edsall said in jest, later adding, "I still have a little bit of athletic ability. And now I can show the guys that you've got to go up and extend for the ball. And if you do, then you have a chance to catch it."

Edsall said the team had some fun watching video of the catch Sunday.

"I got teased a little bit about it by the players," Edsall said. "It's all in fun. … I think I got up like a total of two inches."

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