4/6 Spring Practice Recap

TSR highlights some notes from Tuesday's practice.

o The Terrapins engaged in a “situational scrimmage,” which will continue every Tuesday during the spring. The scenario: the offense had the ball with 2:30 left to play, and the defense had two timeouts. The first offense scored on the first play. The second offense got two first downs, before going four-and-out with 20 seconds left. The “defense didn't really win that situation today,” said Head Coach Ralph Friedgen.

o Friedgen went on to say he didn't that think his players exerted much effort Tuesday, citing heat as a possible factor. He noted that the mere four offensive guards who practiced might have gotten worn down.

o Bennett Fulper played better at right guard Tuesday than he had been, according to Friedgen. “But, he's got a long way to go.” He added that Fulper, the “leading candidate” for the starting right guard spot, “gets tired,” and Josh Cary has been getting a lot of reps at the same position. LG Pete White is in the “wide-eyed category right now,” according to Friedgen. “It's all running together for him.”

o CB Trenton Hughes is “playing with confidence,” not allowing many big plays in practice. CB Dexter McDougle, SS Travis Hawkins, LB David Mackall and DE Bradley Johnson will need a lot more reps before they're ready to play, according to Friedgen. He named Johnson as a player who is very valuable to the team as a “speed rusher.” “Although he's not very big, he's very, very quick,” said Friedgen.

o LB Avery Murray was out Tuesday with a strained abdominal muscle. “The work he's losing is hurting him a whole lot,” Friedgen said. “That's the problem. If you get hurt right now, you may get passed by.”

o Friedgen named NT Joe Vellano as the Terps' best defensive lineman Tuesday. “And, [Drew] Gloster played very well,” he added. OLB Justin Anderson has the ability to play inside linebacker as well, according to Friedgen.

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