Friedgen: ‘We're competing against ourselves'

Terps emphasize consistency as they return home to face Wake Forest.

Every Friday, each and every member of the Maryland football team wears their shirt of the year to remind them of their their aiming for when they take the field the next day…The difference between good and great is great is consistently good.

“There’s 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 you’re 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 can’t reiterate to them what this game will do for us not only as a division game but in the conference,” Friedgen said. “I don’t know what our record was at this time last year, but are we appreciate of where we’re at. We can be 10-2 or we can be 5-7. We’re competing against ourselves to get better and better each week.”

The Terps attempt to become bowl eligible for the seventh time during Friedgen’s 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. We’re going to come out fired up,” wide receiver Kerry Boykins said.

For quarterback Danny O’Brien however, home is coming to him. As a North Carolina native, O’Brien grew up minutes away from Wake Forest. “I think this one means a little bit more to him,” offensive coordinator James Franklin said.

Tweaking Practice

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.

Antwine Perez

After being named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 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

- Out for the game: Avery Graham, Dave Stinebaugh, Desmond Kearse, Gary Douglas

- Captains: Antwine Perez, Paul Pinegar, Emani Lee-Odai

- Flag bearers: Trenton Hughes (American), Darin Drakeford (Maryland)

- Scout Team Players of the Week: Chris Rhodes (offense, with honorable mention to RB Jeremiah Wilson who imitated Wake Forest’s Josh Harris), Lorne Goree (defense)

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