Maryland coach Randy Edsall was asked Tuesday if he’d taken quarterback Danny O’Brien aside considering the 2010 ACC rookie of the year hasn’t had the same success as a sophomore.
The following, per popular request on Twitter, is the full reply from the Terrapins coach:
“I’ve talked to Danny and talked to him and brought him aside just like I have everybody else. I told him even on the field the other day ‘Just go have fun.’ I think that’s all you have to do. Just go out and have fun, prepare the right way, go out, work hard and have fun. That’s what it’s all about. Some people want to make this about life and death and it’s not about life and death. It’s about going out there and enjoying the experience and playing the game.
“Again, I think sometimes that expectations on young people can make it tough as well. Maybe I didn’t do a good enough job of minimizing expectations for him. So again, I think those are things we all can learn from. The only thing that you can do is go out and do your best. Some days, you’re going to be good. Some days, you’re not going to be good.
“That’s what I try to emphasize with all our kids. Just go out every day do the best you can. Do the best you can in school. Do the best you can in practice. Do the best you can off the field. Then when it comes to the game, just go out and play and have fun. I think people play better when they’re relaxed and focused, and most of the time they’re focused because they prepared the right way. That’s all we want Danny to do and that’s all I want any of our players to do is just to do that. You have to understand you have to go and put that time and effort in to get into that zone.
“Look at last night in the NFL game. Here’s Philip Rivers, who’s an all-pro quarterback. An all-pro quarterback, one of the better quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. He goes in, 20-some seconds left and fumbles the snap. It happens to the best of them. The best of them don’t always do the right things.
“Danny will be fine. Danny will be fine. You start to see him do some things. I think he’s relaxed a little bit more.”
—- Patrick Stevens