Theres a different between being confident and arrogant, head coach Ralph Friedgen said. You got to have a belief in yourself; you got to know if you go out and play well youre going to have a good chance of winning. But you have you to do it on a consistent basis.
Just as last week the team strived to get the get a road victory monkey off their backs, they face yet another challenge Saturday. A win against the Demon Deacons would earn the team bowl eligibility, a far stretch from where they were in 2009.
I cant reiterate to them what this game will do for us not only as a division game but in the conference, Friedgen said. I dont know what our record was at this time last year, but are we appreciate of where were at. We can be 10-2 or we can be 5-7. Were competing against ourselves to get better and better each week.
The Terps attempt to become bowl eligible for the seventh time during Friedgens tenure will come at their Homecoming game. And after two consecutive weeks on the road, a home field advantage is something the team is looking forward to.
Its homecoming so the crowd is going to be into it. Were going to come out fired up, wide receiver Kerry Boykins said.
For quarterback Danny OBrien however, home is coming to him. As a North Carolina native, OBrien grew up minutes away from Wake Forest. I think this one means a little bit more to him, offensive coordinator James Franklin said.
As the college football postseason arrives, Friedgen announced he is making a change to his Thursday practice schedule. Now, the Terps will be cutting back in an effort to stay healthy down the stretch. Practicing on the field will be reduced to about an hour, and more emphasis will be placed on film studies.
After being named the Atlantic Coast Conferences top defensive back earlier in the week, Antwine Perez added another award to his resume. Perez was named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week Wednesday for his outstanding effort last Saturday versus Boston College.
The safety intercepted Boston College Chase Rhettig twice, as well as grabbing a fumble recovery. His second interception, the third turnover on the game for the Terrapins, led to the 52nd point scored off turnovers by the team in 2010.
News and Notes