Defense Shines in Scrimmage at North Point

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The Maryland football team took to the road Friday night holding a scrimmage at North Point High School in Waldorf, Md.

“We just wanted to get out to Southern Maryland,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “There’s good football down here and there’s a lot of Maryland supporters, so we wanted to come out here and spend some time with them.”

The defense had several strong performers during the scrimmage and got an early spark when defensive back Sean Davis picked off a C.J. Brown pass and returned it 45 yards. Up front, Maryland’s pass rush was strong all night. Sophomore linebacker Yannick Ngakoue led the unit with three sacks.

“I would say this was probably [Yannick’s] best practice of the nine so far and that was good to see,” Edsall said. “He has been very businesslike. He has been very attentive in doing the things he has been coached to do.”

Ngakoue has seen significant time with the first team this spring while Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil continues to rehab from the chest injury which ended his season early last fall.

“I was just motived tonight,” Ngakoue said. “I wasn’t trying to show anyone what I could do, I just wanted to show myself what I could do. I just wanted to work hard every play and push through the times that I was tired.”

Also on the defensive side of the ball, William Likely added an intercepted and defensive lineman Roman Braglio recovered a Perry Hills fumble.

Offensively, the Terps had three touchdowns on the evening. Running back Joe Riddle had the first touchdown on a 4-yard run. One of the more exciting plays of the evening came on a 52-yard touchdown scamper by running back Jacquille Veii. Sophomore quarterback Shane Cockerille added a late touchdown with a 9-yard scramble.

“I broke the linebacker defense, got into the secondary then just tried to make a move,” Veii said. “I just stemmed them one way, they bit to the right so I came back the opposite way quickly and after that it was just a footrace from there. We have a crowded backfield so I just have to try and do things that will separate myself from them.”

Kicker Adam Greene added three scores, going 3-for-3 in field goal attempts, including a 46 yarder.

Maryland has five practices remaining before the annual Red-White game which takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at Capitol One Field at Byrd Stadium.