It is really starting to hit me. Summer is coming to an end, and fall is rapidly approaching. This time next week we will be on the west coast getting ready to tour Napa Valley before the Terps’ season opener at Cal. Yesterday’s scrimmage was the final for the Maryland football team before they shift the focus to game planning.
A lot of the expected starters took limited reps during the scrimmage. For instance Chris Turner was 6 of 8 for 102 yards and 1 TD. Da’ Rel Scott had 4 carries for 28 yards. So it really sounds like the coaching staff was looking to fill out the depth chart. It does appear that Gary Douglass may have passed Morgan Green on the depth chart as Green had 1 rush for 2 yards and Douglass had 8 rushes for 30 yards. I was really hoping Green would get a chance this year, but it appears that may not happen, at least not right away.
The big story out of this scrimmage is the defense and special teams also scored. Morgan Green blocked a punt through the end zone for a safety. Torrey Smith returned a kickoff for a TD, and Anthony Green had a 71 yard interception return for a TD. I am looking forward to the defense making some big plays, and with Torrey Smith returning kicks, you have to expect there will be some big plays again this year.
The one position that has been up for grabs all summer seems it is going to remain that way a little longer. Both Mike Barbour and Nick Ferrara impressed yesterday. They both connected on all of their kicks as Barbour hit from 46 yards two times, and Ferrara hit from 45 and twice from 48. So in Friedgen’s words “so it’s game on” for the kicking job.
Time is really winding down. As Bob mentioned, there will be a lot going on before we head out of town, and I have the inlaws coming into to town today, so the news may be a little limited until we get set up in San Francisco, but the updates will be plenty once we get there. So until then GO TERPS!
I am not into politics a whole lot, but living in Boston I have been affected by the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. Not so much because he passed, but his body is laying in Repose at the JFK Library across Dorchester Bay from my South Boston home. Thanks to the motorcade yesterday (that took him on a tour of Boston after coming up from the Cape), it took me an extra hour to get home. As I write this I am watching the news and they said they had 25,000 people go past his body yesterday, and they are expecting twice that today, so I am expecting a really great Friday commute. In all seriousness, though Kennedy did have his “issues” he was a man that served his country and state well over all the years.