The Washington Times - August 17, 2009, 10:52AM

After Saturday’s scrimmage, defensive end Derek Drummond was a very happy man.

He’d just rolled up a couple sacks, just a fraction of the 12 the Maryland defense rolled up.


Plus, he recorded a safety early in the session after tagging Jamarr Robinson in the end zone.

“It was a safety?” Drummond said. “I didn’t know it was a safety. I was just jumping up because I got to him.”

It was one of several celebrations for the Maryland defense, which begins the second week of camp in reasonably decent shape. Devoid of serious injuries, the bunch attacked quarterbacks (and anyone else with the ball) throughout the two-hour scrimmage.

They even managed to avoid many penalties —- particularly of the sort that involved hitting quarterbacks in non-contact jerseys.

“I don’t want coach [Ralph] Friedgen jumping my [butt], so I have to slow down a little bit,” Drummond said.

OK, so Drummond and friends didn’t actually make much contact for their 12 sacks. But it was a solid first impression in camp, particularly for a much-dissected defensive line.

“It’s a good start,” Drummond said. “We had some mistakes, but that’s going to come. It’s early. We showed y’all something.”

—- Patrick Stevens