Terps notebook: Rough day for McDougle in secondary

Seven Maryland players made their first career start Saturday, but it was an experienced player — redshirt junior cornerback Dexter McDougle — who had one of the more difficult outings.

McDougle was flagged twice for pass interference in the first half and once in the second half. On at least one of the plays, he seemed to be well-positioned but didn't turn to look for the ball.

"Dexter will learn from today," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. "I don't think Dexter had his best game. He's just got to be better technically and fundamentally. I'm not worried about Dexter McDougle at all."

Said McDougle: "Today I think I had some good plays out there, but ultimately I had some fundamental errors. Sometimes I'm not paying attention to my keys, trying to make a big play when I should just do my job. With that, the defense kept fighting, and we ended up getting the win."

Renfro wins punting job

Edsall had been undecided for much of the week on who would be Maryland's punter.

The candidates were redshirt freshman Nate Renfro and true freshman Brad Craddock, who missed a 25-yard field goal against William and Mary.

Renfro won the job — and Edsall couldn't have been happier with the outcome.

Renfro punted four times for a 53-yard average. He had a 60-yarder go into the end zone for a touchback, but his biggest net punt — 57 yards — came in a key spot.

With Maryland leading, 7-6, Renfro's punt pinned William and Mary on its 2-yard-line with 2:17 left.

"Nate Renfro was a player who stepped up huge today," Edsall said. "He had a great day punting and then on that last punt, you couldn't have asked for anything better than that."

Terps' size advantage

Colonial Athletic Association teams are often overmatched in size when they play programs from larger conferences.

William and Mary was no exception. The disparity showed at the line of scrimmage, as the Terps had four sacks to one for the Tribe.

"We're probably not going to see another team that has that type of size," said Tribe cornerback DeAndre Houston-Carson. "We played them well, so that will give us confidence going into [Football Championship Subdivision] play. We now know we can play with ACC teams, so that means we can play with FCS teams."