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Fresh from the Sunday teleconference …

* Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said the Terrapins emerged physically unscathed from Saturday’s 32-31 loss to Middle Tennessee.

Next up is Rutgers, which could be the third straight game the Terps are without tackle Bruce Campbell (turf toe) and safety Jamari McCollough (high left ankle sprain)

“They tell me we might get some of these guys back, but probably an outside chance,” Friedgen said.

* Yes, quarterback Chris Turner was a little dinged last week, but Friedgen said he didn’t think it affected the senior’s throwing.

* Friedgen’s reply to a direct question of whether he ordered Da’Rel Scott’s benching after each of the tailback’s lost fumbles: “I didn’t make that call,” he said. “But we can’t have guys turn the ball over. It can’t happen.”

* Friedgen followed up with this interesting tidbit:

“There’s about 26 plays I can pull up that if any one those 26 plays went out way, we might have won the game,” he said.

Look for a little bit of guesswork on those 26 plays (out of a total of 151) later in the evening.

* For those on redshirt watch, Avery Murray joined the kickoff team yesterday. He’s the six true freshman to play for the Terps, joining starters Nick Ferrara and Bennett Fulper and fellow reserves Darin Drakeford, Zach Kerr and Isaiah Ross.

It’s the third time Friedgen has used at least six true freshmen in a season. The others were 2002 and 2004 (eight each) and 2005 (seven).

It’s worth noting that four of the eight true freshmen in 2002 either lost at least one season to injury or left early for the pros (Josh Allen, Justin Duffie, Stephon Heyer and Shawne Merriman). Three of the eight from 2004 fell into that category (Scott Burley, Jack Griffin and Jordan Steffy) and two of the seven from 2005 did as well (Jared Gaither and Darrius Heyward-Bey). You might recall Heyward-Bey was in for one snap in 2005 and eventually got the year back.

* You might remember Emani Lee-Odai was ill during pregame work. He wound up playing some on the punt block team.

Patrick Stevens

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