The discomfort zone

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Ralph Friedgen waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Finally, he sprung a two-minute drill on his tired team today.

Of course, the Terps had two players hobble off around that time, which basically just reinforced it was probably time to call it a day.

Which Maryland did. After a goal-line drill.

“I was probably being thick-headed there,” Friedgen said. “I made them go two-minute, and I wanted them to be tired in two-minute at the end of the game when the game is on the line. Then, the offense kind of didn’t convert there. But I wanted to make it doubly tough to put it on the goal line when they were tired, because you have to bow up and stop somebody, and we didn’t do it there.”

So the results weren’t exactly what Ralph wanted. That doesn’t put it too far out of line with the rest of the scrimmage, which mixed both good and bad – but mostly avoided resplendent and awful.

And if nothing else, it gives Friedgen another lesson to impart before tomorrow’s session.

“Those are things we have on tape and hopefully we can correct,” Friedgen said. “I’ll tell them why I did it and try to put them in that situation where you have to come through when you have to have it. You’re not always in your best mindset at that time, but you have to get over being tired and hurting and you have to find a way to win.”

Patrick Stevens

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