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Maryand Terps Football News & Notes: Brandon Ross, Shawn Petty, Bowl Game Projections

November 5th, 2012 at 8:14 AM
By Sam Spiegs

After a day to let the Terps' 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech marinate, head coach Randy Edsall addressed the media Sunday.

He offered his thoughts on a variety of issues, including Shawn Petty, Stefon Diggs' cool and the offensive line.

On Petty, who completed 9-of-18 passes for 2 TD and 1 INT:

"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."

Bennett Fulper returned to action after missing the two previous games due to a turf toe injury. He spelled Josh Cary in the second half.

Also returning was center Sal Conaboy, who has been out of commission since October 13. He filled in for Evan Mulrooney on the last drive of the game.

On the offensive line:

“We had planned to play (Fulper) 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.”

Wes Brown sustained an injury (yeah right, join the cub). In his place, Brandon Ross ran for a team-high 66 yards.

On Ross, who was named the starter at tailback at the start of the season.

"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."

Stefon Diggs, who scored his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the season, was also the culprit of an unsportsmanlike penalty.

Edsall addressed the freshman after the game and told him he needs to be more mature in the future.


“He can’t go do and do what he did there,” Edsall said Sunday. “He’s got to understand with him, there will people who will try to get inside his head and get him to react in that situations, which is a negative impact on us with the team. He’s got to keep a full head and learn to walk away from those things."

ESPN's weekly bowl game projections found spots for seven ACC teams, and a "TBD" for one, a bowl the Terps know awfully well.

With Florida State likely to the Orange Bowl, Clemson to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and the likes of Miami, Virginia Tech, Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest to another, could the Terps be Military Bowl-bound?

Tags: Maryland, Maryland Terrapins, NCAA, Randy Edsall, Shawn Petty, Stefon Diggs, Terps

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