Bye week comes at a good time for banged-up Maryland football team

Maryland football players and coaches spent Sunday breaking down and critiquing their 52-24 loss Saturday to Ohio State at Byrd Stadium.

Now the Terps hope to take advantage of their bye week before preparing for their Oct. 18 home game against Iowa.

In particular, Maryland (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten Conference) will look to get as healthy as possible.

Several players, including starting outside linebacker Matt Robinson (Atholton) and reserve defensive backs Zach Dancel and Daniel Ezeagwu, missed Saturday's game against the Buckeyes, now ranked No. 15.

Starters such as inside linebackers Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree also have been playing through injuries.

"The bye comes at a really good time for us," Terps coach Randy Edsall said. "We have some guys who are banged up."

The bye week also offers a time to evaluate and game-plan for the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0).

Players will practice Wednesday and Thursday but will be off Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday before returning to their normal game-week routine Sunday.

"I want them to just kind of get away and be able to relax a little bit but also know that on Wednesday and Thursday, we're going to do some football stuff," Edsall said. "But Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, get away from it and get healed up and get rejuvenated so that when we get back here Sunday, we're ready to go."

Edsall said his staff will be on the road recruiting Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

"We'll be doing that," Edsall said. "We'll also be looking at ourselves and seeing where we are at the midpoint [and analyze] ourselves."

No quarterback controversy, Edsall says

On Saturday, Edsall said C.J. Brown will remain the Terps' starting quarterback. He reiterated that stance during his weekly conference call Sunday.

Asked whether he has considered starting backup Caleb Rowe at any point this season, Edsall said: "Not at all."

"C.J.'s our quarterback. Caleb's our backup," Edsall said. "I can't make it any clearer than that, guys. … There's no controversy here, so don't try to start one."

Brown is completing 57 percent of his passes this season and had just 71 passing yards in the first half against Ohio State. He was pulled at halftime in favor of Rowe.

Brown did not have a touchdown pass and threw a bad interception near the end of the half, after the Terps had built some momentum. The pick led to a Buckeyes touchdown that stretched Ohio State's lead to 31-10.

"I thought C.J. did some really good things in the game, and then there were some times that he made some bad decisions, just like every other player on the team," Edsall said. "We had linemen do the same thing. We had running backs do the same thing. We had receivers do the same thing. We had defensive linemen, linebackers, secondary, everybody.

"Those things are always magnified more with the quarterback. … But just overall, we have to be more consistent."

Best kicker in the country?

Junior kicker Brad Craddock hit a 57-yard field goal Saturday and is 11-for-11 overall this season.

He is one of just three kickers nationally with 10 or more attempts who have a perfect field-goal percentage. Craddock also has 18 touchbacks on 43 kickoffs; he had just 12 on 69 last season.

Edsall said Craddock has hit 60-yard field goals in practice with the wind at his back.

"I told him: I think he's the best kicker in the country," Edsall said.

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