Spring Practice Kickoff

TSR was on hand for Coach Friedgen's press conference kicking off spring practice.

About three hours before this year's first spring practice, Maryland head football coach Ralph Friedgen took an optimistic tone in a Tuesday press conference, emphasizing that players have every reason to feel confident going into this season.

Although his team is coming off a 2-10 2009 season, Friedgen believes it is chock full of players who capable of winning; they just need to know it.

“When you're winning, you believe you're going to win,” said Friedgen.

While the team is young, with only 10 seniors, Friedgen believes the experience that sophomores and juniors got last year will serve the team well next season. “They won't be wide-eyed on the field,” said Friedgen, who added that the adversity the team faced last year was “almost a blessing,” as it allowed more people to get on the field.

On offense, the areas of concern seem to be the positions of quarterback and offensive line. The Terps have only one quarterback who has played during a game - Jamarr Robinson. Also, two of the team's best offensive linemen from last season - Phil Costa and Bruce Campbell - are graduating this year. Because of the new setup coaches will focus on crafting game plans based on positional strengths, and not try to get too fancy, according to Friedgen.

The positions of wide receiver and running back seem to be solid, as all from last season are returning, including stars like senior Da'Rel Scott and junior Torrey Smith.

On defense, Friedgen is mixing it up with such adjustments as moving senior Drew Gloster from linebacker to defensive end in an effort to “get the best 11 players on the field.” A.J. Francis, a freshman All-American last year, is expected hold down the nose tackle position. Senior Alex Wujciak, whose strength Friedgen marveled at, is expected to start at middle linebacker. Defensive backs who saw the field for a good amount of time last year are in the mix for starting spots this year. Stay tuned for developments.

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