DaRel Scott, who missed five games in last season after high expectations following a career-best 2008 season, returns to the Terps this season in hopes of once again being the teams most potent weapon. And thus far, all of his hard work is grabbing the attention of the man in charge, head coach Ralph Friedgen.
I know [Scott] wants to have a good year. I think hes worked hard at doing that, Friedgen said. I think hes improved on his weaknesses – I think hes a better pass protector than he was last year. I think hes a better route runner and a better receiver. He fakes better.
Friedgen also explained that its Scotts behavior off of the field is a big reason why hes improved. He described him as gaining more mental toughness and taking this season more serious.
I just see [Scotts] whole demeanor is more mature. Hes a man right now. Hes grown up, he said.
And the results are not only effecting Scott and his play, but his teammates as well. Friedgen sees a well-rounded Scott as a key to success for the team – that is, if he can stay healthy and play at a consistent level.
[Scotts] doing all the little things – things that makes everyone else better. I see him working very hard to be a good, total football player, he explained. Im very pleased with where hes at. I need for him to go out and play 12 and hopefully 13 football games, not be good one week and so-so the next week.
While Scott has deservedly received much acclaim for his hard work, the work of a few other junior running backs is also catching the coachs eye. Scott, spelled by the likes of Haroon Brown and Louis Berman, has the coach very excited.
I think Haroon [Brown] has done good. I think Louis Berman has come on and filled the role for us, Friedgen said.
Friedgen is also hopeful that running back Taylor Watson can join in on his committee of running backs. Watson is practicing now, and will potentially be ready to play for the Sept. 18 matchup against West Virginia.
Freshman and local product, Rahsaan Moore, has also caught the attention of Friedgen. However, it is for all of the wrong reasons. According to the head coach, the fullbacks stock has declined since sustaining an injury.
The guy thats kind of going down a little bit is Rahsaan Moore. Since hes been hurt, he hasnt quite been the same guy, Friedgen admitted.
In terms of the kicking game, Friedgen said hes still waiting for more information regarding the injury to placekicker Nick Ferrara. Punter Travis Boltz, who has taken over for Ferrara, has performed adequately as a fill-in.
[Boltz has] been pretty consistent from the 25-yard line in, according to Friedgen. He went on to clarify that a field goal from that distance is approximately 35 to a 42-yard field goal.
News and Notes:
* Defensive lineman Isaiah Ross joined the team for practice today. Friedgen described his play to be around 90 percent.
* Friedgen complemented his quarterback Jamarr Robinson, saying that his last two practices were the best two he had seen out of him to this point.
* In the matter of tight ends returning back from injury, Devonte Campbell and Will Yeatman are both expected to return for the game against West Virginia. In the meantime, Friedgen joked, We can go always go four wide-outs.