The Washington Times - August 17, 2009, 01:02PM

Maryland is in the middle of its second (of six) two-a-day sessions, which is of course a favorite time of just about no one.

It’s not as if Maryland is banged up too much; Phil Costa (knee) returned to practice today, and the green jerseys are minimal. Missing was running back Caleb Porzel, who sprained an MCL on Saturday and is probably out a week or so.


So on that front, the Terrapins are in decent shape. But there’s stll a lot to do before the Sept. 5 opener at California —- now a mere 19 days away.

Which isn’t too far from coach Ralph Friedgen‘s mind.

“The more you push yourself here, it’s like building a house,” Friedgen said. “You have to lay a good foundation. If you shortchange yourself in the foundation, it’s really tough. The house is not going to stand up.”

It’s also still early in camp —- probably too soon to draw some overarching conclusions. That likely won’t be true a week from now, when Maryland will have a second scrimmage to assess.

Friedgen is already eyeing that event Saturday (to be held inside Byrd Stadium rather than the practice field) as a major camp moment that could shake out some position battles that still exist.

Friedgen expects one of the overarching priorities of this bunch, however, to remain the same.

“The strength of this team has been their work ethic and their attitude,” Friedgen said. “I think that’s still got to be their road to success, through those two means.”

—- Patrick Stevens