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Terps to use 4th QB of season with Caleb Rowe

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Terps to use 4th QB of season with Caleb Rowe

BOSTON (AP) Freshman Caleb Rowe played well on his only series as Maryland's fourth quarterback of the season. With the first three sidelined, he'll get a chance to play a whole game on Saturday.

Rowe will face struggling Boston College one week after nearly guiding the Terrapins to a victory over North Carolina State.

``We've got full confidence in Caleb,'' defensive end A.J. Francis said. ``I told him to play the whole 60 minutes like it's (the) two-minute (offense), and he'll be all right.''

Rowe moved Maryland 60 yards in five plays in the final minute last Saturday, but Brad Craddock's 33-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright with two seconds left and North Carolina State held on for a 20-18 victory.

Perry Hills tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the second quarter. Devin Burns replaced him but is out for the year with a foot injury. And C.J. Brown tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in August.

``I would have liked to redshirt (Rowe),'' Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday before learning that Burns wouldn't play. ``We had made the decision to go with Devin as number two and Caleb at number three. I told him he had to be ready and be prepared because he hasn't gotten many reps.

``I think it was so impressive that he went in and performed the way he did with such minimal reps. Ideally, we would have wanted to redshirt him but we weren't afforded that luxury.''

Quarterback is one of the few strong points for Boston College (1-6, 0-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Chase Rettig leads the nation's 34th ranked passing offense. He's completed 56.3 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions but will be going against a solid pass rush.

``Chase Rettig is what makes them go,'' Edsall said.

Andre Williams is having a good season at running back with 534 yards rushing and an average of 4.9 yards per carry.

``Their offense is very different from what it's been the last few years,'' Maryland linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield said. ``They're not as downhill as they've previously been. They're pretty spread out. Their quarterback is a pretty good quarterback. I think we have to get some pressure on him.''

They should be able to do that.

``I think this is the best defense we've played, and we played Florida State,'' BC offensive coordinator Doug Martin said. ``I think these guys are a better defense, scheme-wise.''

The Terrapins (4-3, 2-1) have had a rough year offensively. They've scored just 18 touchdowns and rank last in the ACC with 295.3 yards per game.

But the Eagles are weak on defense. They have the fewest tackles for a loss nationally, have given up the second most yards rushing and have the third fewest sacks, five.

They'll try to stop freshman Wes Brown, who rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown against North Carolina State.

``We take a lot of pride in the defensive line. It's been frustrating this year,'' BC defensive end Kasim Edebali said. ``If we get to the quarterback, the (defensive backs) have it easier. (If) we all make sure we stop the run, the linebackers have it easier and, ultimately, we can have a better shot at winning games.''

The Eagles were beaten last Saturday 37-17 at Georgia Tech, the fifth straight game - all losses - in which they've allowed at least 34 points. Barring a dramatic turnaround, coach Frank Spaziani's tenure as coach could be in serious jeopardy, especially with the recent appointment of a new athletic director, Brad Bates. Spaziani is 21-26 in four seasons.

BC also was 1-6 last year then beat Maryland to start a 3-2 stretch that ended the season.

``Nobody sheds more blood, sweat, and tears on Saturday than I do,'' Spaziani said. ``I know what our situation is. I know what I'm doing, I know the problems I have to work through. That's what I'm worried about. I'm worried about getting the victory on Saturday.''

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Need to Know: Redskins stock up-stock down during vs. Panthers

Need to Know: Redskins stock up-stock down during vs. Panthers

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 15, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.

Talking points

Here are the players who saw their stock go up against the Panthers on Sunday and others who saw their stocks drop. 

Stock up—A few days ago, CB Josh Norman was a penny stock. He had mixed up assignments in the blowout loss to the Saints and take a ton of criticism after the game, much of it warranted. During the Panthers game, he was a blue chip. Norman got his first interception in 20 games and he forced a fumble. There is still a lot of season to be played but for now, at least it’s good to be Josh Norman.

Stock down—They won the game and that’s the quarterback’s main job. But for the second straight game, Alex Smith did not play up to his $18.4 million cap number. He passed for 163 yards. At times you really wondered where he was throwing the ball and/or to whom he was throwing it. They were able to win thanks to Adrian Peterson’s rushing and three takeaways. To Smith’s credit, he protected the ball well and it should be noted he was without favorite targets, Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder. Regardless, it was not a sharp performance by Smith. 

Stock upPeterson came into the game with an injured ankle, knee, and shoulder. Not only did he fight through the pain, he thrived. Six days after he rushed for just six yards against the Saints and sat out most of the second half, he picked up 97 yards on 17 carries, an average of 5.7 yards per carry. Peterson did rip off a 19-yard run but mostly it was three yards here, six yards there. It was what the Redskins were expecting when the signed him. 

Stock down—With Thompson out, Kapri Bibbs had his big chance to show what he can do. He didn’t do much. Bibbs, who was promoted from the practice squad earlier this season, picked up 11 yards rushing on two carries and he caught one pass for six yards. There were some high hopes for Bibbs among Redskins fans. For today, he didn’t live up to them. 

Stock up—I know that Daron Payne didn’t make a ton of plays and his streak of games with at least one sack ended at two. But he was part of a defensive front that held Christian McCaffrey, who came into the game averaging 82.3 rushing yards per game (fourth in the NFL) and 5.2 yards per attempt, to 20 yards on eight attempts, a 2.5 per carry average. And he made a remarkable play, which is becoming routine for him, when he made the tackle on a tight end who had taken a screen pass well outside of the numbers. He’s a special talent and his stock will continue to rise. 

The agenda

Today: Open locker room 11:30; Jay Gruden press conference 3:00 

Upcoming: Cowboys @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Giants 13; Redskins @ Eagles 49

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What Adrian Peterson did on Sunday really is absurd

What Adrian Peterson did on Sunday really is absurd

FEDEX FIELD -- Coming into Sunday's game, the Redskins listed Adrian Peterson as questionable for the game against the Panthers. 

And why wouldn't they?

The future Hall of Famer separated his shoulder last week in a loss to the Saints. In that same game, he got blasted in the knee on a play that many thought would cost Peterson the season. And before the Redskins bye, in a 120-yard effort in a win over the Packers, Peterson took a helmet directly off his ankle. 

Calling AP banged up for the Panthers game is unfair to banged up players. 

Peterson was hurt, from top to bottom. 

Yet, despite the injuries, he still went out and rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries, good for a 5.7 yards-per-carry average. 

"I had already made up in my mind Friday, 'Hey, I'm going to give it a go,' and I know it's going to be painful but it's mind over matter and keep pressing," Peterson said following the 23-17 Redskins win. 

"So that's what I ended up doing."

In a remarkable endeavor, Peterson was the most consistent player on the offense. Alex Smith played fine but not necessarily good.

The Redskins offense needs more from Smith, but couldn't even ask for anything else from Peterson. 

"I can't say enough about what he did today, playing through the pain of the shoulder and the knee," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said of Peterson. "What a pro. What a pro he is."

In the second half, when the Redskins pass game really fell apart, Washington leaned on Peterson even more. It wasn't pretty, but the team got enough to eat up possession and pad the lead with field goals. 

"Adrian Peterson ran hard," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. "I think he created the opportunity for them down the stretch to control the clock a little bit."

Rivera is right. 

Without Peterson, the Redskins probably don't win on Sunday. 

And it's even more remarkable that none of this was supposed to happen. The Redskins seemed reluctant to even give Peterson a tryout after rookie Derrius Guice went down in the preseason. Guice was the plan, and Peterson wasn't even really the backup.

Back then, Gruden explained that Peterson was simply too impressive in his August workout for the team to do anything but sign him to the active roster. 

Now, five games into the season, averaging well more than 4 yards-per-carry and on pace to lead the Redskins in rush yards, it's hard to imagine what Washington's offense would look like without Peterson. 

Sure, he's 33-years-old, but he's also the Redskins most consistent offensive threat. 

Asked what surprised him during his team's loss, Rivera inadvertently summed up the Peterson experience.

"I don't think there was anything surprising. They're a good football team. They run the ball extremely well with Adrian."

Rivera is right.

The Redskins run the ball extremely well with Peterson.

Even with the separated shoulder, the busted knee, the bruised ankle. On Sunday, the Redskins ran the ball extremely well with Peterson.

And that says a lot about Adrian Peterson. 

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