Apparently there was a Maryland players-only meeting Tuesday morning, but head coach Randy Edsall wasn’t aware of it.
The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the Terrapins had a players-only meeting at 6:45 a.m. led by leadership council members Wes Brown, Caleb Rowe and Brad Craddock. The Terps are 2-2 and coming off a 45-6 loss last Saturday at West Virginia and face Michigan in the Big Ten opener Saturday at Byrd Stadium in prime time.
Edsall was asked about the report during the Big Ten conference call.
“That’s news to me,” Edsall said Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t think we had a players-only meeting, at all, so I don’t know what they reported on. I don’t read the papers. We had our normal meetings all week long.”
He was informed of the three players who reportedly led the meeting.
“If the players had the meeting and something productive came out of It, I think that’s great,” Edsall said. “That’s what our leaders are doing. I’ve been happy with our leadership, and I’m glad they did that.
“I had my normal 7 o’clock team meeting. I had no idea that there was a players-only meeting.”
Sticking with Rowe
Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe, who had four interceptions in the Terps’ 45-6 loss to West Virginia last Saturday, remains the starter.
Rowe has nine interceptions this season.
“The quarterback takes too much blame when you lose and gets too much credit when you win,” Edsall said on the Big Ten call. “Interceptions are usually a result of a combination of things, and everybody has a hand it. It’s a combination of protection, route running and decision-making."
Not like last year
Edsall and Maryland defeated Michigan, 23-16, last season in Ann Arbor, effectively ending the Wolverines’ chances at becoming bowl-eligible with only the game at Ohio State remaining. Michigan lost at Ohio State, finished 5-7, and coach Brady Hoke was fired.
That was last year, and Edsall knows much has changed for the No. 22 Wolverines (3-1). He focused on the Michigan defense, which is ranked No. 2 nationally, yielding an average 203.8 yards a game.
“They’re a different ballclub than they were a year ago,” Edsall said. “When you take a look at their defense, they’ve got seven seniors, they’ve got three juniors and a sophomore. They’re playing very aggressive defense in terms of the 3-4 and playing a lot of man coverage and putting a lot of pressure on people.
“They’re playing really well. I hope our guys would understand it is a different team, but we did have success against them a year ago. Now what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to bring our intensity level up. But they’re playing extremely well based on numbers. You take a look at what they’ve done the last three games, they haven’t given up very many points. Tremendous challenge for us.”
Meanwhile, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh offered high praise of Maryland when asked his assessment of the Terps during the Big Ten call.
“Very good,” Harbaugh said. “They beat us at our stadium last year. Very explosive team. Very good defensive system, well-coached. They know their system, they play it extremely well. Very explosive on special teams. Fast, up-tempo offense that puts pressure on the defense. It’s very sound in all three phases.”