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Meet the All-CAA RB who will test Maryland's new defense


Meet the All-CAA RB who will test Maryland's new defense

COLLEGE PARK -- With the promotion of Keith Dudzinski to defensive coordinator comes a new defensive scheme for Maryland, the 4-3. And there’s one number that is a driving force behind that change:


That was where Maryland ranked in the country last season in terms of rushing yards per attempt for their opponents (4.6). All of that size and all of that brawn in the Big Ten forced a change and it will be tested in live game action for the first time against Richmond on Saturday in College Park.

“Last year, we had guys who were like 280 pounds trying to swallow up blockers,” defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson said with a laugh. “It’s kind of hard to do -- taking on double teams.

“I definitely feel like we can -- with the 4-3 -- we can stop the run better because we have the front four guys penetrating and just being disruptive.”

The first player to test it will be no slouch. Meet Richmond’s Seth Fisher, a 6-2, 232-pound redshirt senior who rushed for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

He was an All-CAA first team selection for his efforts and has been named preseason All-CAA out of the gate in 2015.

“He’s a bigger guy. He’s a downhill guy, runs hard. You got to tackle him, very productive,” head coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.”


He is used in tandem with fellow running back Jacobi Green, who rushed for 634 yards and four touchdowns last season. He also caught 23 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns.

Like Maryland, Richmond will be breaking in a new quarterback, Kyle Lauletta. That puts even more of an emphasis on the running game.

Maryland will counter with different looks up front, perhaps even working eight players into the mix, including Yannick Ngakoue, Quinton Jefferson, Jesse Aniebonam, Roman Braglio, and others.

“You like to make sure you do have eight guys ready,” Edsall said. “That doesn’t mean that all eight are going to play equally, but some guys will be able to spell a guy for a couple plays if we need to.

“But I think it has always been my philosophy to have enough defensive linemen that if you need to.

“[Richmond has] some weapons offensively that you need to contend with,” he went on to say, before reiterating his point. “But Seth Fisher is a very good running back.”

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Maryland football announces plans to honor the late Jordan McNair during 2018 season

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Maryland football announces plans to honor the late Jordan McNair during 2018 season

University of Maryland football players shared their plans to honor late teammate Jordan McNair this upcoming season Monday morning in College Park. 

This is the first media availability for players granted by the university since the 19-year-old's tragic June death following an offseason workout that left McNair hospitalized due to heatstroke. 

Sophomore center Johnny Jordan and junior offensive lineman Ellis McKennie each outlined how the team will remember McNair, beginning with a moment of silence during the team’s opener Sept. 1 against Texas at FedEx Field.

Additionally, each player will rock helmet stickers with McNair's No. 79 uniform number which the team plans to retire in 2020. The offensive linemen room will also be renamed in honor of McNair. 

On Friday the university's Board of Regents announced it is taking over the in-depth look at investigations surrounding the football program. Head coach DJ Durkin is currently on paid administrative leave and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigned August 14. 

As speculation continues to grow, Maryland is expected to have a decision made within the next two weeks



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Tony Dungy weighs in on the alleged toxic culture within the University of Maryland football team


Tony Dungy weighs in on the alleged toxic culture within the University of Maryland football team

Tony Dungy is about as cool, calm and collected as a person can get. And when it comes to his coaching style, it's exactly the same.

Fourteen years in the NFL spent as a defensive coordinator/coach and 13 years as a head coach earned Dungy a Super Bowl Championship with the Indianapolis Colts. He posted an overall record of 148-79 with the foundation that cursing and raising your voice wasn't necessary for success. 

The culture and coaching style of the University of Maryland football team is now under a microscope with the on-going investigation regarding the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair. The university has taken responsibility for McNair's death after an ESPN article brought to light the abuse and "toxic culture" within the team, and what ultimately led up to McNair's passing under their supervision on May 29. 

It has also brought into question how high-level football teams are coached and if it's all just a part of the football culture. On Thursday, Dungy weighed in on the matter on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies, simulcasted on NBC Sports Washington.

"Well first, I hope we don't just read into well, here was the culture, here's what the coach was doing so that's why this young man died," Dungy said.

Dungy recounted a scenario during his coaching career with the Colts where a player had an underlying condition that almost caused him to lose his life during a practice.

"You can't equate well, this happened because," Dungy went on to say. 

What Dungy does want people to understand is that the tough love, scream-in-your-face type of coaching style is not the stereotype coaches must adhere to. 

"But I do think we are a victim of caricatures. That we think that's the way it has to be."

"One of the last interviews I had before I got my head [coaching] job in Tampa, I was explaining to this owner how I was going to do things. He had heard about my reputation. He said 'I know you don't use profanity. You rarely raise your voice. How are you going to motivate these guys? How are you going to discipline? How are you going to keep guys in line?' And I said the same way my father kept me in line. By saying here's the rules and here's what we're going to do. I'm going to be like that with my players. And the guy looked at me square in the eyes and said 'impossible, that will never work in the NFL.'" 

Well, it did work for Dungy as his tenure spent as a coach in the NFL earned him enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. 

Dungy noted in his interview with the Sports Junkies that the different personalities of coaches in the league highlighted in shows like HBO's Hard Knocks do not represent each and every coach. He mentions Jim Caldwell and Bill Belichick as successful coaches who are more mild-mannered like Dungy.

"And there's a thousand ways that work," Dungy said about coaching. "And you got to be true to your personality and everything. But the two coaches that I played for in the NFL – who won seven Super Bowls between them and were tremendous coaches, Hall of Famers – there was none of that. There was instruction, teaching, motivating, building you up and getting you ready to play, and so that's what I followed."