COLLEGE PARK, Md. – With just two days remaining before the start of spring practice, the Maryland players are anxious to get back out on the field.
“It has been a little while since our bowl game, but it still hasn’t felt too long since we’ve been out there,” defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson said. “It’s going to be good to get back to working our technique. We’ve been lifting, but everyone just wants to go back out and start running around again.”
Center Sal Conaboy shares Jefferson’s excitement, “This time is a little weird. We’re working out, but we’re not actually playing, so it’s going to be good to put all that hard work onto the field.”
When the Terrapins take the field Saturday three position groups will be under the direction of new coaches: Keenan McCardell (wide receivers), Greg Studrawa (offensive line) and Chad Wilt (defensive line).
After spending time over the past month watching film with his new position coach, defensive lineman Andre Monroe is eager to continue his growth on the field.
“One thing that I noticed was that [Coach Wilt] definitely had a lot of energy off the field, so it’s going to be interesting to see him bring that energy on the field, I can’t wait,” Monroe said.
“He’s tweaking our technique a little bit. He’s on the outside coming in, so he’s probably been observing us a little more,” Jefferson said. I’m intrigued to see how he’s going to make us better. I know he’s only going to push us more, I’m excited.”
On the offensive side of the ball, veteran linemen Ryan Doyle and Conaboy are ready to get to work with Strudrawa, and improve on a unit that returns four starters from last season’s team.
“He’s very passionate, very fired up,” Doyle said. “We’re watching film at 6:30 in the morning and that guy is wide awake ready to go. It makes me very excited.”
Conaboy also sees the passion his new coach has for the game.
“We meet a lot to just go over plays, a lot of intensity,” Conaboy said. “I’m interested to see how he is in practice, but I can already tell in meetings that he’s happy to be here.”Maryland begins spring workouts Saturday, March 1, and will conclude with the annual Spring Game, which will take place at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m.