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May
10
2012

Ask A Blogger Series: TerrapinNation Talks Maryland Spring Football

We interrupt your regularly schedule expansion, third tier rights banter to discuss some actual football. That’s what I’m ready for…

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Good evening from @HokieGuru.  I’m here today to discuss the ACC spring football practice with each bloggers from each of the 12 Atlantic Coast Conference teams.  What follows is our interview with @TerrapinNation.   Here’s the dude’s bio verbatim:  “self-proclaimed expert on Terps hoops. Creator of Terps Insider.”  Without further ado, here’s our interview below:

@HokieGuru:  Tell us about your spring game – how was the turnout?  Was the team well received?

@TerrapinNation: Well, I’ve got to be perfectly honest, with the Capital Classic that same day, I ended up missing the spring ‘game’. That said, I don’t know if I can honestly speak to the turnout or the reception of the team by the fans. Being that this year’s spring game was not, in fact, an actual game, I’m guessing turn out was sparse, a couple of thousand maybe.

@HokieGuru: What are some of the major strengths coming out of spring practice?

@TerrapinNation: Some major strengths coming out of spring practice? To be perfectly honest, I don’t know if this team has any major strengths at this point. Joe Vellano and Kenny Tate missed most or all of the spring. There is no depth at QB or OL and Maryland’s top rusher is a true soph with true freshmen that should be pushing him. The two bright spots for the Terps this spring were RB Brandon Ross and WR Nigel King. I expect King to have a breakout season.

@HokieGuru: What are some of the major weaknesses coming out of spring practice?  In other words, what do you think Maryland will be working on in August before the first game?  What are the questions that you think have to be resolved?

@TerrapinNation: To say the offense is young would probably be a huge understatement. Maryland needs to get their frosh QBs and RBs in this summer and get them reps, stat! Have heard from several folks that expect Albert Reid to come in and possibly earn the starting tailback job this season.

@HokieGuru: Fall will be here before we know it – what position concerns you the most?

@TerrapinNation: O line. Losing Max Garcia to Florida was a huge blow. CJ Brown is still not all that experienced and you can only roll him out so many times. The defensive secondary will be a big question mark as well.

@HokieGuru: Who are the new recruits that you are impressed with the most?  Are there any that you think will get some major playing time right away?

@TerrapinNation: Well, I already touched on this above. I think there are several freshman that will come in and be major contributors for the Terps from day one. Besides Albert Reid, Stefon Diggs is maybe the most highly sought offensive player to chose to play in College Park in memory. New offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will figure out ways to get him touches. I think Wes Brown could see minutes this season as well at the tailback spot. Brown and Reid could be a future Thunder & Lightning duo for the Terps.

@HokieGuru: Based on what you saw/read from spring practice, do you think Maryland will be better than last year?  Why or why not?

@TerrapinNation: Honestly, I’m not sure. It would seem there is no place to go but up, however the Terps had a huge amount of attrition and are playing under two new coordinators.

@HokieGuru: Give us the pulse of the Maryland football program – what are the Terrapin Nation bloggers/fans thinking right now on the status of the program?

@TerrapinNation: Honestly, I think it’s pretty split. Nabbing Stefon Diggs was a big boost for the program and a statement nationally that Maryland is going to recruit at a high level. That said, players continued to leave and Maryland appears to have not been able to capitalize on the momentum of Diggs’ commitment. This season will be very telling.

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