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Was a quiet day on Ralph Friedgen’s Sunday teleconference.

Just about everything that needed to be said was mentioned yesterday.

But here’s two snippets worth passing along…

* Friedgen wasn’t banking on getting much out of Bemi Otulaja (sprained right ankle) after the senior nose tackle was hurt in practice late in the week. Otulaja didn’t play at all.

I have to admit I felt pretty bad for Bemi when I saw him walk down Terp Alley in a boot. Not only has he done a ton to etch out a role for himself despite arriving a few years ago as a transfer from Marist, he’s also one of the few guys on the team who would shout to a reporter from one end of a hallway to another about his glee about ditching a walking boot for his other foot earlier in the season.

“It was crimping my style,” Otulaja said at the time.

Perhaps this won’t hold Bemi back for long, either.

* Nolan Carroll, who did not start, began Saturday’s game at about 90 percent before fading to about 75-80 percent, Friedgen said. It looked like it was probably a slight tilt toward Jamari McCollough in terms of playing time.

The loss of the physical Carroll really could have hurt because of the presence of Hakeem Nicks. Instead, the Carolina junior wideout had three catches for 57 yards. Friedgen gave defensive coordinator Chris Cosh plenty of credit for his scheme against the Tar Heels. Finding a way to neutralize Nicks – even with the assistance of some lousy weather – is one of Cosh’s greatest accomplishments in three years as Maryland’s DC.

Patrick Stevens

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