As cornerback Mario Rowson has neared the start of his football career with Maryland, he has stepped up his preparation for playing in the ACC.
The 2010 commit out of Lake Taylor H.S. (Va.) has worked out with other players from the area and has heeded the advice of Maryland coaches.
"I talked with Coach [Tom] Brattan yesterday," said Rowson who said the offensive line coach had an important message for him: "Make sure that I stay focused in the weight room."
Rowson is looking to continue his hard work when he arrives on campus, because he knows a strong work ethic will be key in achieving his biggest goal for his freshman season.
"Just earn my coaches' respect," said Rowson about his main focus for the season. "Whatever they need me to do, I'll do it."
At 6-foot-3-inches tall, Rowson will give the Terps some size and length at the corner position. However, the Norfolk, Va., native is not overly concerned about his playing time as a freshman.
"This is my freshman year. I got like three more to go like this, maybe four," said Rowson. "My time's going to come."
"Don't get me mistaken, I'm going in their trying to get that starting spot though," he added.
The defensive back also made it clear that he has two main goals for his entire time at Maryland.
"Being the best I can be and winning some games," said Rowson.
Rowson Wants to Earn Respect
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