The Washington Times - August 23, 2009, 10:11PM

The point of Maryland’s preseason scrimmages (well, one of the points, anyway) is to learn from mistakes.

Well, there were plenty of miscues made today.


In what will no doubt cause Ralph Friedgen to tear out some hair if it continues, there was an abundance of penalties throughout today’s session.

The most notable was a flag that negated Caleb Porzel‘s 35-yard touchdown run. (And, no, for anyone keeping track, Porzel’s score doesn’t count regardless of how nifty he looked. At least not by the official rulebook, anyway).

Friedgen got to this topic at his most irascible moment of the session, right after expressing frustration with his kickers. And, predictably, he didn’t hold back very much.

“I still think we’re being troubled by penalties,” Friedgen said. “A lot of them are still on young guys, and they’ve got to learn, but that excuse is wearing thin on me. They’ve got to stop making stupid penalties. It took some big plays back. We’re not going to be a team that’s going to do very well if we beat ourselves. We’ve got to get that across to these guys.”

It comes off as a bit cranky and a bit flustered.

Standing in the heat for three hours would explain the first part. Watching the same errors over and over would explain the other.

But Friedgen’s definitely right. The Terps are not going to have the leeway to mess up much with regard to following the rules. And if they do, he’s going to be repeating this mantra throughout the fall.

—- Patrick Stevens