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Friedgen frequently praises Steffy’s preparation for practice and believes the senior is “maybe one of the best team players I’ve ever been around.”

That, combined with several setbacks, could make Steffy something of a tragic figure. But Steffy coolly dismisses the difficulties he has faced, preferring instead to dwell on the optimism of a new season that will double as his final one at Maryland.

“This season more than anything else is just about completing this chapter of my life,” Steffy said. “Everyone’s going to face tough times, and to be able to stick things out to the end and fight till the end is really what I stand for and really how I was raised. … This is something that I’ve started, and I’m going to finish it.”

Notes - Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Joe Faiella has a partially torn left Achilles tendon and is out for at least three weeks. …

Freshman Davin Meggett passed sophomore Morgan Green as the backup tailback behind Da’Rel Scott. Green is dealing with a quadriceps injury.