Unfortunately for me it was a pretty busy weekend. One that saw me listen to the game on the radio, get text updates, and finally see most of the last quarter on the internet. Add to that, I haven’t watched the replay yet either. So, for me to get into the game a whole lot wouldn’t be fair to anyone involved.
Here is what I did take out of what little I heard and saw. Joe Vellano and Stefon Diggs did all they could to keep the Terps in this thing. And when it looked gloom and doom out there, a quick slant to Diggs turned a sure loss into a possible win. However, like a story we have seen all to often, the Terps found an excruciating way to lose it late, again.
We all know by now that Caleb Rowe fell to the all too familiar ACL tear. Does anyone want to review the studies again about field turf vs natural grass? We have lost three QB’s to ACL injuries, all of which occurred on synthetics. Of course the way Perry Hills got rolled up he would have injured it on the moons surface. Anyway, just throwing that out there. So before we really got to make a judgement on Rowe, he was taken from us like cruel joke, only this season, you couldn’t make a joke this cruel. He had some tough moments, and some times he looked like he was settling in. Only now we will have to wait and see what he really is. It just won’t be this season.
Then we turn to Brad Craddock. Another missed FG wide left after an impressive Maryland drive led to a change. When the Terps punched one in, Edsall made the move. Insert another true freshman, Brendan Magistro from CM Wright HS. For his part, he nailed the XP, along with a 28 yard FG and one more XP after Diggs’ TD. In the days following the loss to Boston College, Randy Edsall has said Magistro will handle FG’s less than 4o yards and all XP attempts. Brendan, welcome to the spot light.
Despite the loss, both Vellano and Diggs were honored by the ACC this week. Vellano had 8 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. We are really going to miss this guy next year. Not to be outdone, Stefon Diggs earned another Rookie award. Diggs made 11 catches for 156 yards and that TD on the slant. Baring injury he is going to pass Darius Heyward-Bey’s freshman record for yards despite moving on to his 4th quarterback. He currently sits at 666 yards and needs only 695 to pass Heyward-Bey.
Following the news of Rowe’s injury, Diggs Tweeted an impassioned multiple Tweet speech I guess you could call it. He is more than just an electric player. He is not going to allow this team to quit. He is the voice of the team. It can be read here. I know he had some issues with Twitter about Jeremy Lin before he even enrolled, but if this is the kind of thing that keeps a team together, I am all for it.
If you remember my last post about the injury to Devin Burns, I mentioned that Rowe had to do something none of the previous signal callers could do. STAY HEALTHY! Well he didn’t and we introduced LINEBACKER Shawn Petty as the back up, mostly in passing. Well, he now is the man. Sure he played QB at Eleanor Roosevelt, but he was recruited solely as a linebacker. What can we expect now? I haven’t a clue. I figure we are going to see a steady diet of Wes Brown with some quick slants and bubble screens to Diggs, Nigel King, and Kevin Dorsey. From what I understand, Roosevelt ran a form of the triple option. I can’t imagine a team being able to implement that into the playbook in a week, let a lone one that features a hurricane rolling through campus. I expect to see a little zone read, and lots of short “safe” passes to try and spread the field to give some room for Wes Brown. By the way, AJ Francis is now 16th on the depth chart at QB!
Once this storm clears I will probably be pretty busy with work so I am not sure I will get to look at Georgia Tech real close before Saturday. In fact, I am not even sure I will be able to make the game, but here’s to hoping the damage isn’t as bad as we all feared and I will be in the crowd to see the debut of our Linebacker turned QB. I already sat through the QB, turned WR, turned QB portion of the season. I would hate to miss out on this one. It truly will be a year to look back on down the road. The question is can they squeak out two more wins, so we will look at it a little more fondly?