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The Coach's Corner with Maryland's Randy Edsall

The first-year leader of the Terrapins talks spring ball with the NFP. Dave Miller

Print This April 13, 2011, 06:30 PM EST
The first-year leader of the Terrapins talks spring ball with the NFP.

Maryland kicked off spring practice late last month following a 9-4 campaign in 2010, a season that concluded with a thorough victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl. But the Terps have a new leader entering 2011. And the National Football Post was pleased to speak with first-year head coach Randy Edsall, who spent 12 seasons building Connecticut into an annual Big East contender, for the newest edition of The Coach’s Corner podcast.

Randy EdsallICONRandy Edsall arrived in College Park after a 12-year stint at UConn.

Edsall, who took over for Ralph Friedgen in College Park after finishing his career with the most wins of any head football coach in Connecticut history, led the Huskies to a late-season surge and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl last season. As he discussed during the podcast, he couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to take over a program that he has been very familiar with for many years.

Quarterback Danny O’Brien had an excellent first season in College Park, tossing 22 touchdowns against just eight interceptions on his way to being named ACC rookie of the year. But his new coach praised backup C.J. Brown, and healthy competition at every position is what excites Edsall most about an offense transitioning into a new scheme.

There is concern at wide receiver after the loss of four scholarship players, including Adrian Cannon and Torrey Smith. Rising seniors Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree are the veterans of the group, but they have struggled to stay on the field this spring due to injuries.

On the defensive side of the ball, new coordinator Todd Bradford inherits some impact defenders, including 6-4, 220-pound Kenny Tate. Tate is one of a handful of Terps to switch positions as Edsall looks to maximize the unit’s speed. Tate has moved from safety to linebacker, David Mackall from linebacker to defensive end, Mario Rowson from cornerback to linebacker and Desmond Kearse from safety to linebacker.

In the podcast, Edsall also discusses the Terps’ academic situation after losing three scholarships because of a low academic progress rate score, the venue he is most looking forward to visiting in the ACC, how good former UConn running back Jordan Todman can be at the next level and much more.

The Terps conclude spring drills when they hold their annual spring game on Saturday, April 30.

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

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