Saturday, October 4, 2008

TerpTicker's What To Watch For

1) With the ban on signs at football games recently lifted, TV cameras will be roaming the UVA student section for anti-Groh rhetoric -- and there should be lots of it. And unless the Cavs can right the ship today, the "Groh must go" chant seems inevitable. 

2) Da'rel Scott's health and the improvement of our O-line's run blocking are paramount. The Terps can't expect to win games averaging 2.1 yards per rush. Friedgen has stressed that Scott needs to run more north-south; but it's hard to run between the tackles when the O-line isn't creating holes. 

3) Defensively, the Terps can't let UVA's struggling QB Marc Verica sit back in the pocket and gain confidence. We need to apply pressure like we did in the second half of the Clemson game. I think it's safe to say that Cosh's three-man rush, bend-don't-break defense is ineffective. Also, let's avoid another breakout game from Mikell Simpson. 

4) Keep tabs on UVA's left guard, Austin Pasztor. The kid is only 17-years old, making his first career start after the starting LG went down with an injury. I think it's harder to exploit an inexperienced guard than a tackle -- but that's just my opinion. 

PREDICTION: Terps, 24-14

I'd love to hear your predictions and comments...
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Friday, October 3, 2008

Defining moments of UVA's comeback victory last season at Byrd

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Porzel shines in front of nat'l TV audience

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sun: Still looking for cornerbacks

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NBC 29: Will Terps-Cavalier game be another thriller?

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Heyward-Bey's game-changing reverse against Clemson

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Lots of good stuff from Sun's Jeff Barker this morning

A few items:

PSU-MD rivalry?: "(Friedgen) said he'd love to play Penn State, but the two have been unable to agree on how many games and how many games would be played. Maryland says PSU has balked at a simple two-game series of one home game apiece. One way to break the stalemate, a Maryland official said, might be to schedule a game at a neutral site...."

Friedgen is dancing again: "He says he'll do just about anything -- including shake it down in practice -- to keep his players loose, focused and interested. He didn't say which song he danced to yesterday."

From Friedgen: "I started dancing for them," Friedgen said, shaking a little in his chair. "Modern coach. My father is rolling in his grave."

Steffy's charity work (about being one of 22 players around the country to be named to the AFCA's Good Works Team): "Steffy is founding and developing a center in his Pennsylvania hometown where needy youths can get help with their homework or find emotional support. The vehicle for his work is his foundation: The Children Deserve a Chance Foundation. 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Post's Matthew Rennie quantifies the Cavs' futility

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"Among the Cavaliers' other dubious claims:

They're 118th in total offense with 251.25 yards per game (edging out Florida International, which has just 196.25 -- good grief!)
They're 117th in rushing offense with 66 yards per game (beating out San Diego State and SMU).
And if you're going to struggle to move the ball, you might as well just give it away: Virginia is 113th in turnover margin, having turned it over 14 times (five fumbles, nine interceptions) and taken it away just seven times (two fumbles, five interceptions)."

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Injury update, and it's not good...

According to the Sun's Jeff Barker, LB Adrian Moten is out 4-5 weeks after deciding to have wrist surgery. Also, four key players are listed as questionable: Da'Rel Scott, DE Mack Frost, WR Danny Oquendo (how big was he Saturday...) and CB Nolan Carroll. 

I'm starting to feel more nervous about Saturday's "trap game."
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Monday, September 29, 2008

From one rabid Terp fan to another

Until recently, a website called provided us with sort of a compendium of Terrapin information: links to blogs, news stories and videos. 

I had that website in mind when creating this blog: a place to find the latest Terp news, updated daily. I will also sprinkle in some commentary here and there. Enjoy, and please post my link when the opportunity presents itself. Go Terps!
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