A few Sunday afternoon snippets from Maryland coach Randy Edsall‘s discussion with reporters …
Safety Matt Robinson received solid reviews for his work in his first game of the season, Saturday’s 24-21 loss to Connecticut.
The sophomore made six tackles in his return from a preseason shoulder injury. Robinson missed Maryland’s previous 11 games.
“I thought Matt played a very physical game,” Edsall said. “I was very pleased with what Matt did coming back. yesterday. I didn’t see a whole lot of rustiness in him. It was a good first game for him.”
Robinson took the place of freshman Sean Davis, who remained a special teams fixture after assuming a backup role on defense.
REQUISITE STEFON DIGGS ITEM
A day after Stefon Diggs scored his first career touchdown —- and had a season-low four offensive touches —- Edsall acknowledged Maryland will attempt to get him the ball more.
“We have to find a way to get him on the field a little more and get him a few more touches than he’s seen,” Edsall said. “When you have the yardage he has … a total of 223 [all-purpose yards], we’ve obviously got to find a way to get the ball in his hands.”
Three observations on Diggs’ day:
* The chart from the stats wrap might say he had three looks and three receptions, in reality his touchdown was on a tipped pass intended for Marcus Leak.
* Part of the reason tailback Wes Brown had as much room to run on his 19-yard scoring scamper was Connecticut’s safety was tracking Diggs, who was sent in motion on the play.
* Diggs wasn’t on the field for the Terps’ final play. Here’s guessing that won’t be the case when Maryland has a chance to play for a win or tie in the final minutes going forward.
ARNETT TOUGHS IT OUT
Right guard De’Onte Arnett was listed as questionable entering Saturday, but wound up playing much of the game (with Josh Cary spelling him at times in the second half).
Apparently, the injury descriptor was accurate —- his status was very much in question.
“I didn’t think he was going to play,” Edsall said. “He rolled it and kind of got fell on last week and didn’t practice on Thursday, so I wasn’t real confident he was going to play. We came out to warmups Saturday and watched him move. He appeared to move OK You could tell he did miss some practice time. I thought he went in and competed hard and did the best he could.”
Robinson wasn’t the only Terp to make his season debut. Junior college transfer Isaac Goins got a look in Maryland’s nickel package.
“I thought our secondary was a lot more stable back there when you added Matt and Isaac came in,” Edsall said. “I thought he did a good job. He communicated well. He’s not afraid to hit you. He played 8-9 plays. I thought he came back and looked good and gave us something there and gives us a little more of a dimension for what we can do in that package.”
MUM ON TAILBACKS
Edsall was vague about whether there was any flux on the depth chart at tailback after Brown’s 74-yard day. He reiterated Brandon Ross spent last week on the scout team, which further solidifies that comment as Edsall-ese for a guy probably isn’t playing this week even if he’s fully healthy.
—- Patrick Stevens