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Edsall, Richmond's coach, and the connection to Tom Coughlin


Edsall, Richmond's coach, and the connection to Tom Coughlin

COLLEGE PARK -- Back before the Super Bowl victories and before the stint with a newly formed NFL franchise, head coach Tom Coughlin brought two up-and-coming coaches onto his Boston College staff for the 1991 season.

One in the secondary? Randy Edsall. One on the defensive line? Danny Rocco.

Things will come full circle when those two from the Coughlin coaching tree will face off as head coaches on Saturday in College Park when Maryland opens its season against Richmond at Byrd Stadium.

"There's things that Tom did that Danny has taken with him. You'd have to ask him that question, but I think Tom influenced him," Edsall said Tuesday. "I know [former Virginia head coach] Al Groh had a big influence on Danny in his career. He's worked with him a few times. 

"Danny's a really good football coach. He's a really good guy, great family and, again, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and we worked on the same side of the ball at BC."


Edsall and Rocco's tenure together at Boston College wouldn't be long. Coughlin and his staff would only stay at Boston College for three seasons until 1993, but would lead the Eagles to two bowl games in that time.

Coughlin's NFL career would begin after that when he was hired as the first head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars for their inaugural 1995 season.

Edsall would follow him to Jacksonville, while Rocco had taken a job as the outside linebackers coach at Texas the year prior in 1994.

Rocco would go on to make stops at Maryland and Virginia, plus the New York Jets, before taking over at Liberty in 2006. He won four conference titles in six years at Liberty and has posted a 23-14 overall record in three seasons at Richmond.

"He's done a good job at Liberty. He's doing a good job at Richmond and I have the utmost respect for him," Edsall said.

"I see him at different functions and things along those lines. We don't talk to each other once a week or anything like that. I just see him at certain functions.

"Danny Rocco is a good football coach and a really good person." 

Maryland kicks off against Richmond at noon on Saturday. 

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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.