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The Stock Broker: New OC Bell explains QB philosophy at Maryland


The Stock Broker: New OC Bell explains QB philosophy at Maryland

Watch Bell's interview with CSN in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

New Maryland offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Walt Bell oversaw an offense at Arkansas State in 2015 that put up nearly 50 points per game during Sun Belt play. He has a vision and he intends to bring that to Maryland. 

The future of who will play the position is not yet certain, with four-star commit Dwayne Haskins still pledged to the program but exploring options with visits and heavy interest from other schools. Maryland has also offered a pair of quarterbacks in recent days, four-star dual-threat QB Devon Modster from California and three-star Alabama QB Tyrrell Pigrome.

Speaking with CSN on Tuesday afternoon, Bell set forth what he expects from a quarterback who plays his system. Here is his answer in full:

"From a physical standpoint, we've had them all shapes and sizes," Bell told CSN. "We've had big slow guys, short little guys. At the end of the day, quarterback play for us is about a couple things.

"Number one, it's about being a stock broker and part of me giving you my money is I have to know that you can minimize error and then once you prove to me that you can take care of the football, manage the football team, not make mistakes just like your stock broker's not going to out there and do something crazy and lose all your money. So number one we've got to find out if a guy can minimize error. He can manage the game. 


"Once he proves that he can do that, then that's when we'll start talking about building to his strengths and allowing him to go out and maximize his strengths and his potential as a football player. So really at the end of the day, there's not a carbon cut-out. There's not a height requirement, he has to be able to run, he has to be able to throw. 

"At the end of the day, you'd like to be able to have a guy who can do both. We want a guy that can throw his way out of a situations, third and threes and fours and fives and sixes when you have to be able to complete footballs to win football games and also at the same time, we want a guy that can create an extra hat in the run game. So we need a guy that can do a little bit of both. 

"We're going draw them up on 3rd-and-4 and a guy may not be open, a guy may fall down and he may put his foot in the ground and go get us a first down and slide, get on the ground so we can play the next play. 

"The ability to take care of the football and then building the offense around that guy's strengths so that he has a chance to be successful and then, yeah, everybody coins the term kind of "dual-threat" but we need a guy that can create when things don't go well, but at the end of the day we got to have a guy that can also throw the ball down the field and make us explosive which will make the run game better."

Maryland's quarterbacks struggled to uphold one major tenant of Bell's offensive blueprint -- avoiding turnovers. Terrapin quarterbacks threw 29 interceptions in 2015, the most of any program in the country by the wide margin of six. 

The quarterback carousel of Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills, and Shane Cockerille provided little stability for an offense that overall struggled mightily in the 3-9 season.

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Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State


Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C.  — Kiara Leslie had 21 points and 11 rebounds against her former team, and North Carolina State beat Maryland 74-60 on Sunday in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament.

Leslie, who spent three seasons at Maryland before graduating and transferring to N.C. State, finished one point shy of a career high.

Kalia Ealey and Chelsea Nelson added 12 points apiece while Akela Maize scored 11 to help the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (26-8) earn their first Sweet 16 appearance since the late Kay Yow led an inspirational run in 2007.


N.C. State, which shot 45 percent and was 7 of 14 from 3-point range, will play the Oklahoma State-Mississippi State winner on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.

Brianna Fraser had 17 points for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (26-8), who were held to 37 percent shooting.

Leading scorer Kaila Charles, plagued all day by foul trouble, finished with four points -- 14 fewer than her average -- on 2-of-8 shooting before fouling out with 2:29 left. She had scored in double figures in 30 of her previous 33 games.

Maryland's offense, which averages 80 points, had trouble scoring against one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

N.C. State allows 56.7 points per game and only one team in the past two months -- top-seeded Notre Dame -- has reached 70 against the Wolfpack.


Maryland: The Terrapins were denied their sixth Sweet 16 in seven years in part because their potent perimeter game was nonexistent. Maryland, at 39.1 percent the nation's seventh-most accurate team, missed all five of its 3s. Kristen Confroy, who's third in the nation from long range at 40.3 percent, didn't attempt one.

N.C. State: Leslie kept tormenting her former teammates by turning steals into layups. Big brother C.J. Leslie led the N.C. State men's program to a Sweet 16 in 2012, and now she's headed to one, too.


N.C. State will play either top-seeded Mississippi State or ninth-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.


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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."