Locker Room Report: Maryland

<B>COLLEGE PARK, MD --</b> Maryland Head Coach Ralph Friedgen and several players met the media following the 13-3 loss to NC State.

Maryland Head Coach Ralph Friedgen
Opening comments:

"Another poor showing for us today, particularly offensively. I thought our defense played good except on third down and the one last [NC State] drive. We just got a lot of problems that are not being solved ... It's very embarrassing to not play better than that offensively."

On NC State's defense:
"They're a very good defense. They [have] very good skill people and we really had trouble getting people open. They played a very aggressive man-to-man defense."

On the Maryland offense:
"I thought Joel [Statham] made some plays on the first drive. I'd like to see us kick that field goal ... I thought he made a couple of pressure throws on third down. We were running the ball pretty good. They gave us a pick-up problem that we adjusted to." "We're just kind of out there running through the motions ... I didn't see us compete offensively. We sort of went out there, run the patterns, run the plays. [When] they're playing against you man-to-man, you've got to work your tail off to get open, work to sustain your blocks. If you make a throw, you have to make the catch."

On the penalty that negated Maryland's field goal on the first drive:
"...We've been lining up like that all year. The calls definitely didn't go our way this week. That's three plays they took off - on the fumble for the touchdown, [the referees] said there was a facemask penalty and then they said [NC State] called timeout on the safety. That's 12 points right there -- it's 13-12. It just wasn't our night."

On positive Terrapin performances:
"I thought Shawne Merriman played an unbelievable game. He seemed to be everywhere. They tried to run around him on reverses, he was there. They went up in tight, he was there. I don't know how many tackles he had, but it had to be an awful lot. I thought D'Qwell Jackson played well on the line. He played hard. I thought up front, we controlled the line of scrimmage and they've got a very good offensive line, they've got a very good set of running backs. Third down was the toughest situation. They did a good job of converting on third down. They have got a lot of speed. They isolate you one-on-one ... Another guy that I think had an excellent game was [punter] Adam Podlesh."

Sophomore Quarterback Joel Statham
On his play:

"I felt like this past week in practice I rose to the challenge. I made good reads in practice. I just have to come out on Saturday and do the same thing, and so does everybody else."

On NC State's defense:
"Most of the time when they blitzed, we had people to pick it up. When they were able to get to us, we probably should have made a different read than we were supposed to or took off running with the ball."

Junior Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson
On the team:

"Right now we are 3-3 and 1-2 in the conference. I believe we still have a chance. We just have to go back and continue to fix things. Things just did not go our way tonight. It is a very long season ahead and we have a lot of work to do."

On the rest of the season:
"We feel in our hearts that we are not out of the conference race. We know we are still in the hunt. We can't go on looking at games ahead. We have to focus on one game at a time and one practice at a time."

Senior Center Kyle Schmitt
On the struggles of the offense:

"It's a lot of frustration. There are breakdowns everywhere. The offensive line, the quarterback, the running backs and the receivers. It's not one guy or one position - it's everybody."

On not being able to find the end zone:
"It's frustrating because our defense is playing their hearts out. Those guys are playing as hard as they can."

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