A handful of highlights from Maryland coach Randy Edsall’s Sunday teleconference with beat writers …
* Edsall didn’t have much to say on the quarterback situation or Perry Hills‘ knee injury, no matter how much he was pressed on it. And in fairness, he made it pretty clear he wasn’t going to say much from the jump.
“I’d rather not make any statements until we have all the information and then we can get it out when I’m given the correct information from our doctors,” Edsall said.
There was one nugget Edsall was willing to acknowledge: He does have options on the roster to serve as an emergency quarterback. Who they are remains to be seen.
* Maryland switched back to De’Onte Arnett at right guard after going with freshman Andrew Zeller for two games.
Edsall said it was a combination of Arnett recovering from an ankle injury and Zeller’s struggles that led to the switch.
“There were things I saw early in the week in practice that I didn’t like from Andrew so I put De’Onte in there,” Edsall said. “It’s a matter of trying to find the right guys. We’ll keep doing that. If people stand out above the others, then they’ll be the ones to get those reps. If you don’t stand out, it’s a chance for someone [else].”
Arnett has made six career starts, including five this season.
* Is the Maryland wheel-o-tailbacks about to take another spin?
It sure seems possible after Wes Brown’s 121-yard outing against N.C. State. Of course, Brown also lost a fumble in the fourth quarter, too.
“I thought that Wes played well,” Edsall said. “He gives us something out there that maybe some of the other guys don’t have. We’ve got to make sure Wes understands the situation, especially when he gets inside. You get in the hitting zone and get contact, you have to get two hands on the ball. That’s another tough learning experience for us and Wes.”
Starter Justus Pickett had four carries for 13 yards and did not touch the ball after the first quarter. Three tailbacks – Pickett, Brandon Ross and Albert Reid – have taken turns starting this season for Maryland.
* There is no hint of a kicker change coming after Brad Craddock went 2-for-3 on field goals and missed an extra point.
For the season, the freshman is 8-for-13 on field goals and has missed a pair of extra points. But he’s also 4-for-6 beyond 40 yards.
“We stay the course,” Edsall said. “I have complete confidence in Brad. We’ll go out there today and work with him. We showed him the ones he made and the ones we missed. It’s a technique thing is really what it is. We have to get him to be consistently good.”
Despite the misses, Craddock remains the most logical option at kicker. His backup is a freshman walk-on. Senior Nick Ferrara is out for the season with a hip injury. And Craddock is the likely long-term answer, so there is some long-term benefit gleaned from providing opportunities now.