DJ Durkin was hoarse when he walked off the practice field after Maryland's practice of the spring Tuesday morning. Throughout the two-and-a-half hour session, Durkin screamed instructions to his players, ran in front of them between drills and even demonstrated how he wanted snaps in drills to be simulated.
Maryland had its second practice of the spring and first open to the media Tuesday morning with the new staff¿s energy and enthusiasm under coach DJ Durkin taking center stage. Here¿s a quick roundup of news and notes from the open practice:
And while Durkin has already started putting his stamp on the program, Maryland¿s on-field transition starts over the next few weeks in practice. So leading into practice, we¿ll preview each of the Terps¿ position groups. After looking at running backs on Thursday, it¿s time for the wide receivers.
Maryland is signing its first recruiting class under coach DJ Durkin through the day on Wednesday, and as verbal commitments make their pledges final on National Signing Day, we're bringing you introductions to these future Terps. Meet quarterback Max Bortenschlager.
On Saturday afternoon on ESPN2, the country¿s top high school seniors will square off in the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Fla., with the chance to impress a national audience before they head off to play at the next level over the next year.
Caleb Rowe's presence at quarterback in Maryland's lineup has typically signaled a shift to the pass this season, with the redshirt junior's strong arm opening up the Terps' vertical passing game. He entered for starter Perry Hills with Maryland trailing Bowling Green in September and Wisconsin in November, both times trying to move the ball quickly down the field.
Maryland snapped its eight-game losing streak and won its first game in more than two months after overcoming a 31-13 halftime deficit. The Terps racked up 656 yards of total offense, their most since 2004, and running back Brandon Ross rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yard game-winner with 4 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in regulation.
Well, here we are. We've reached the end of the road: Maryland at Rutgers. The Terps are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak after last week's loss to Indiana. The Scarlet Knights are still alive for bowl eligibility with a win.
The dream of bowl eligibility for Maryland died a few weeks ago in a one-score loss to Wisconsin. So in the weeks since, the Terps have adopted the role of spoiler entering games against Michigan State, which is in the hunt for a College Football Playoff, and Indiana, which is trying to rally to reach bowl eligibility. Maryland fell short in both of those attempts, but the Terps will have another shot at ending another team's season for good Saturday against Rutgers.
Maryland¿s starting quarterback for Rutgers will be a game-time decision, interim coach Mike Locksley said Tuesday. Juniors Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe were cleared to practice, Locksley said, and participated in Tuesday morning¿s practice on a limited basis. Hills, who has made seven starts this season, missed Maryland¿s 47-28 loss to Indiana with mononucleosis. Rowe left the game at halftime with a concussion.
The deluge of injuries that seemed to plague Maryland football in the past few years — namely the string of quarterback injuries and torn anterior cruciate ligaments in 2012 — has been staved off so far this season. But entering its final game at Rutgers on Saturday, the toll of a difficult Big Ten Conference schedule is starting to show. And though the Terps have almost the exact same depth chart for the Scarlet Knights as they did for this past weekend's game against Indiana, there
Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe suffered a concussion late in the first half of the Terps¿ 47-28 loss to Indiana, exited at halftime and is undergoing concussion protocol, interim coach Mike Locksley said.
It¿s the final quarter of the season as Maryland heads west to take on No. 13 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. It¿s the sixth meeting between the teams all-time, and it comes with the Spartans trying to rebound from a heartbreaking loss at Nebraska last weekend and with the Terps trying to snap a six-game losing streak.
Wisconsin's suffocating defensive effort in the second half of the Badgers' 31-24 win over Maryland last weekend not only shut down any hopes of the Terps snapping their lengthy losing streak but also choked out any hopes of bowl eligibility. With two wins and three games left, Maryland can't reach the six-win threshold needed to reach the postseason. It's the first time since the injury-marred 2012 season that the Terps won't get to practice through late December and play in a bowl game as they
It would have been easy for DeAndre Lane to transfer and leave Maryland at any point during the past two years. After appearing in four games while battling a hamstring injury during his freshman year in 2013, he appeared in only the season opener last season. He could have elected to go down a level to the Football Championship Subdivision or try his luck somewhere else where he could play immediately. But Lane decided to stay. He stuck it out. And now, three-quarters into the way season and
During his now month-long tenure, Maryland interim coach Mike Locksley has worked get more players involved on game days by preparing them for specific situations that they might not have been involved in earlier in the season. He¿s done it at most positions, including at wide receiver, on the offensive line and in the secondary.
During a run in which its won a Big Ten Conference-best 61 games since 2010, Michigan State has built a reputation around a hard-nosed, stingy defense. In the past four years, the Spartans have ranked at least seventh or better in yards allowed per game and 12th or better in points allowed per game. The unit has helped Michigan State win the Cotton Bowl and the Rose Bowl in the past two years.
At some point in the past few weeks or months, Wes Brown started seeing things differently in practice. The Maryland running back couldn't pinpoint exactly what had come into focus more now than before, but his practice habits became better, and the coaching staff took notice. It translated to more snaps and more carries on the field. There were more opportunities for Brown to showcase himself and give glimpses of the talent that made him a four-star recruit out of Good Counsel in the Class of
While running backs Brandon Ross and Wes Brown were locked in a battle for the starting job during preseason camp in August, the Maryland coaching staff talked about how the Terps would need production out of both this season, no matter who the starter was. Ross, though, won the job out of camp and received the majority of the carries through the first seven games of the season. But over the past few weeks, interim coach Mike Locksley has worked Brown into the game plan more, while Ross has made
There is no quarterback controversy between Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe, Maryland interim coach Mike Locksley said Sunday. The Terps will continue to move forward with Hills as the starting quarterback, a spot he¿s held for the past four games.
For every Saturday since Oct. 3, Maryland players have buckled chinstraps, tied shoes and suited up in mostly unfamiliar locker rooms. The Terps have played road games in Columbus, Ohio, and Iowa City, Iowa. They've shuffled up I-95 in buses to play Penn State in Baltimore. But when they take the field to face Wisconsin in their annual homecoming game Saturday, it will have been 35 days since the Terps last played at home.
A few weeks ago, Maryland interim coach Mike Locksley teased his ¿Will package,¿ a set of plays for dynamic cornerback Will Likely to contribute with on offense. He¿d given a quick glimpse of it in the Terps¿ loss at No. 1 Ohio State when Likely took a handoff eight yards in the third quarter.
Maryland has already faced a laundry list of the nation¿s top defensive playmakers whose names are dotting mid-season watch lists for honors such as the Bednarik Award or the Lombardi Award. Ohio State¿s Joey Bosa bullied the Terps offensive line on Oct. 10, while Penn State¿s Carl Nassib did the same two weeks later. There was Iowa¿s Nate Meier and an assortment of talented Michigan linemen.
When interim coach Mike Locksley revamped the Maryland offense ahead of the team¿s matchup at No. 1 Ohio State in early October, he and the coaching staff elevated quarterback Perry Hills to the starting role and made the decision to run the scheme through Hills.
Evan Mulrooney views the Maryland offensive line through a number of different lenses. In one stretch Tuesday afternoon, the senior center described his unit as the Terps' backbone, energy source and even father figure. No matter the descriptor, it's clear what Mulrooney and the offensive line want to be: steady, reliable and solid. While the Terps have been haunted by turnovers during their five-game losing streak, they've been able to turn to the offensive line, combined with the running of
In the week after an inspired Maryland squad pushed Penn State to the brink, the Terps said the atmosphere surrounding the team was different. They were playing confidently under interim coach Mike Locksley, and in relishing the role of the underdog, they felt they could swing an upset of No. 10 Iowa, one of the nation's final remaining undefeated teams.
A little more than a year ago, Maryland and Iowa squared off in a back-and-forth tilt at Byrd Stadium that featured the Terps erasing a 14-point first-quarter lead before holding off a frantic Hawkeyes comeback late in the fourth quarter for a 38-31 homecoming win.
Greetings from the Midwest! Maryland will play its only regular-season game scheduled in the Central time zone Saturday afternoon against No. 10 Iowa. The Terps lost a close 31-30 contest to Penn State last week, while the Hawkeyes had a bye week. They last beat Northwestern, 40-10, two weeks ago.
Three games under .500 with five to go with bowl eligibility slipping further away by the week, Maryland has firmly entrenched itself as the underdog for the rest of its season. There's been the blowout losses and a coaching change, now-rectified uncertainty at quarterback and injuries in the front seven. With the murderer's row of the Big Ten Conference's East division and two capable opponents in the West as crossover opponents, the wins down the stretch look hard to come by.
Mike Locksley's short tenure as Maryland interim coach has already been marked by significant change. Quarterback Perry Hills is leading a rejuvenated offense. He's urging his players to have fun. Competition periods have increased the intensity of practices. The Terps have said that the "atmosphere" at Gosset Team House and on the practice field has changed. But one of the most important changes Locksley has made simply starts with creating a purpose for every player to grow into and take