Not a newsy Sunday at all from the Maryland football team.
(Of course, you might have said that around 5 p.m. last Sunday and it changed in a hurry).
In any case, a few tidbits of note:
* Coach Randy Edsall didn’t have a dramatically different appraisal of Shawn Petty‘s first start than he did immediately afterward.
Petty was 9 of 18 for 115 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
“I think he got better as the second half went on,” Edsall said. “I think he was a little behind the speed in the first half and settled down. We knew him better in the second half. … Given what was presented to him, he handled it the best way possible.”
* Guard Bennett Fulper returned Saturday after missing the last two games with turf toe. He spelled Josh Cary for chunks of the second half.
“We had planned to play him and get him reps and he came out of it well,” Edsall said. “I thought he did a good job while he was in there. We’ll have some decisions to make this week.”
Strictly guessing here, but it wouldn’t be a shock if Fulper reclaimed his starting spot this week.
* Center Sal Conaboy also played for the first time since Oct. 13, spelling Evan Mulrooney for the final series of the game.
* Edsall pointed out a couple freshmen who played well during the 33-13 loss.
One was tailback Brandon Ross, who resurfaced to run for a team-high 66 yards.
“We had planned to rotate him every third series, and when Wes [Brown] got banged up, he got a little bit more of an opportunity which he took advantage of,” Edsall said. “It was good to see.”
Edsall also mentioned defensive end Quinton Jefferson, who had five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a reserve role. Jefferson had only one tackle in six games before Saturday.
—- Patrick Stevens