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Turnover troubles

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There are two really good reasons for writing about turnovers this week.

One, Maryland is creating more of them than in recent years.

Two, the last time the Terrapins scored on defense was during the trip to Virginia two years ago when Erin Henderson visited the rectangular nirvana.

Maryland, in fact, has a total of four defense/special teams touchdowns since the start of the 2004 season. That’s a portion of this week’s superstat, which will be unveiled in full Friday morning.

Anyway, turnovers were a topic of discussion with Ralph Friedgen today, and he added this snippet about the blocked punt against Eastern Michigan I won’t have a use for in the dead-tree edition but simply don’t want to waste.

Emani Lee was trying to pick it up. it was like he had nubs for hands,” Friedgen said. “The ball was bouncing all over the place. [Dominique] Herald picked it up. Jamari McCollough is trying to hold Herald up so he can get into the end zone. It’s like the three Keystone Cops over there.”

And suddenly, thinking about that play got a whole lot funnier.

Maryland’s last blocked punt return for a score, by the way, was Oct. 6, 2001, when Leroy Ambush fell on a punt … against Virginia.

Patrick Stevens

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