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Edsall to CSN: Likely an even better returner than Diggs


Edsall to CSN: Likely an even better returner than Diggs

Watch SportsTalk Live's full interview with Randy Edsall in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

As part of a one-on-one interview that aired during Tuesday night's edition of SportsTalk Live on CSN, host Rob Carlin asked Maryland head coach Randy Edsall to elaborate on his comments earlier in the day when he said Likely was the best returner he had "ever been around."

Did that mean that the Florida native was even better than former Terrapin Stefon Diggs, who would likely be walking into a starting returner job in the NFL if he didn't have Pro Bowl talent in front of him as a rookie in Minnesota?

"Yeah, I do. I mean, I think he is," Edsall said. "When you just take a look at the statistics as a punt returner and a kickoff returner, the number of touchdowns that Will has. Will is a better punt returner, in my opinion, having worked with both of them and then also from a kickoff return standpoint, he's got a shiftiness to him and a knack for just seeing it.


"He's the guy who replaced Stefon last year on kickoff return. He took one back against Stanford 100 yards and was really good there and then when you see what he's done on punt returns, he's a special guy back there."

Likely broke a 76-year-old Big Ten record on Saturday with 233 punt return yards. That tends to change the way teams approach you in the coming weeks and it's part of the reason why the record stood for so long -- teams typically stop punting the ball in your direction.

It's clear that Edsall knows that, too.

"Now what has to happen is we've got to make sure he doesn't think like every one is going to be a touchdown. Just catch it, take what's there, just play it out, see what happens, make your moves, and go from there. That's the biggest thing.

"We're going to see some different things going forward now where they're not going to kick him the ball or they're going to make shorter kicks where he's going to have to fair catch it. You put stuff like that on film, people have to adjust."

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 


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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 

This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties.