By Ashley Denny.
First year Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall sounded very optimistic when speaking with the media on the ACC Spring Head Football Coach’s Teleconference on April 21st. Although his team has had to learn both a new defensive and offensive scheme this spring, he believes that everything is starting to pick up for the Terripans.
“My kids are working hard,” Edsall said. “They’re working to accomplish all of the things that we want them to in terms of being a fundamentally sound football team and being a team that plays with very good technique.”
The spring season isn’t over for the Terripans however, and Edsall let reporters know what he’s looking for out of his players when the April 30th Spring Game rolls around.
“Consistency,” Edsall said. “I’m looking for who is consistently doing what we want them to do each and every day. Then who are the guys that can go out and execute their responsibilities within the particular schemes that we’re going to be playing and using the technique and have the ability to make plays.”
Edsall believes that who will play for the Terripans this season is all based on their productivity during spring and fall camp.
“It’s all determined by what you do on the field and in competition,” Edsall said. “Everything as far as the depth chart is concerned is always going to be based on productivity and how you perform under pressure.”
As for the new defense and offense that the Terripans will be running this fall?
“I’m not going to get too much into what we’re doing,” Edsall said. “But we’re going to be very multiple on both sides of the ball and really look to utilize the players that we have and get them into the best position that we can in order for them to be successful and be able to make plays.”
What is Edsall’s impression of Terripans’ quarterback Danny O’Brien?
“I’ve like everything I’ve seen about Danny,” Edsall said. “He’s a great kid and a talented young man; he’s a student of the game and works hard. He has all of the things that I’m looking for in a quarterback.”
In the past five or six practices, Edsall has been very impressed with O’Brien and how comfortable he has become with running the new offense. Edsall referred to O’Brien as a sponge during his interview based on the fact that he wants to know it all and be the best quarterback for this new system that he can be.
Although Edsall has had to move around a few players this spring, specifically Kenny Tate, the strong safety to the linebacker position, Edsall believes that all of the moving around that he’s done will result in a successful season.