Scott, Running Backs Impressing Friedgen

A healthy Da'Rel Scott can add to a dangerous running back by committee in 2010.

One thousand, three hundred and sixty-three yards, 12 total touchdowns and a Doak Walker Award candidate – that’s what the Terps are getting a healthy dose of come 2010.

Da’Rel 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 team’s 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 he’s worked hard at doing that,” Friedgen said. “I think he’s improved on his weaknesses – I think he’s a better pass protector than he was last year. I think he’s a better route runner and a better receiver. He fakes better.”

Friedgen also explained that it’s Scott’s behavior off of the field is a big reason why he’s improved. He described him as gaining more mental toughness and taking this season more serious.

“I just see [Scott’s] whole demeanor is more mature. He’s a man right now. He’s 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.

“[Scott’s] 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. “I’m very pleased with where he’s 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 coach’s 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 fullback’s stock has declined since sustaining an injury.

“The guy that’s kind of going down a little bit is Rahsaan Moore. Since he’s been hurt, he hasn’t quite been the same guy,” Friedgen admitted.

In terms of the kicking game, Friedgen said he’s 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.”

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