The Washington Times - August 7, 2008, 08:15PM

I’m parked in the lobby of the Gossett team house after what was a quiet (but wet) day of practice.

The Terps were interrupted for about 30 minutes, and not everything got done. But they did quite a bit, and here’s a quick rundown of what happened.


Josh Portis had another solid day. Jeff Allen had another interception. Moise Fokou made it back from his citizenship test in time for a little practice. Adrian Moten easily had his best day since camp began. Redshirt freshman Tyler Bowen (foot) is another six weeks away from seeing the field.

And the Terrapins‘ freshmen are singing. Again.

“One kid that sings pretty good is this Justin Lewis, they actually requested a few songs and he got up there with the microphone,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “He’s a big offensive lineman and he has this high voice. The first one he sang was a hymn. I think his father’s a minister.”

This is something of a camp tradition at Maryland, and certainly far less harrowing than the hazing stories of yesteryear. Typically, Friedgen uses the bonding time to teach the freshmen the fight song; this year, four or five already knew it.

“That’s about all we do,” Friedgen said. “I tell the freshmen, ‘Look, we’re going to ask you to sing. Live through the moment and life will go a lot easier. You’ll get laughed at or booed or applauded, depending on how you do. If you refuse to do it, you’re going to be doing it a lot. Everybody’s done it.”

And judging from the sounds from down the hall, it was plenty entertaining for all those guys who didn’t have to sing tonight.

 —- Patrick Stevens