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Quotes From Tuesday's Press Conference
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 10/08/2013

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“It’ll be good to get back out on the field today and get ready to prepare for this week’s game against Virginia, a team that we will be playing for the last time here at Maryland, as we continue to go throughout the season. But it’s a team that is very talented. They’ve been hurting themselves with turnovers, but what we’ve got to do is take care of ourselves and make sure we do the things that we’re supposed to do, offensively, defensively and on special teams.”

On team’s mood following the game at Florida State:

“The mood of the team is good. We went out on the field on Sunday and that Florida State game was behind us when we went out to practice. It’s over with, it’s done, we move to forward to Virginia on Saturday afternoon and we’ll go out there today and have a really good practice and have a really good one tomorrow and Thursday, good mental day Friday, and be ready to play on Saturday and look to get our fifth win.”

On the status of quarterback C.J. Brown:

“As far as any of the injuries and go and in regards to anybody I won’t make any comment until Thursday after practice when we get a chance to evaluate everybody during practice during the week and at the end of the week at about six o’clock, we’ll have an update on all the injuries.”

On Virginia’s running game:

“They ran the ball really well against Ball State, had over 240 yards. Kevin Parks is very quick, does a really good job in terms of finding the hole. Khalek Shepherd is also a really good back. [David] Watford is a good quarterback. They run things out of the pistol and they’ll run some of the zone-read things as well, but again Parks is a good tough runner and really a good football player.”

On defensive lineman Andre Monroe:

“I thought Andre played a really good game last week. It’s good to see him healthy. That move kind of coincided with getting Zeke [Riser] back into the fold. We played Andre inside there last week because he’s got good quickness, strength and plays with good leverage. Having Zeke come back, we just felt that putting Zeke behind Keith [Bowers] and putting Andre inside puts our best guys on the field because of how many defensive linemen we play.”

On when a decision about quarterback C.J. Brown’s status for Saturday’s game will be announced:

“On Thursday I will put out an injury report just like I do every Thursday for an ACC game that we will have. We don’t talk about injuries during the week. All of the decisions that we make are after practice on Thursday. We get through the week and see how everybody practices. Guys could be not hurt today and then all of a sudden something happens on Thursday and he is out. So no decision is ever made until Thursday after practice, so we can see where we are once we get through those physical practices for the week.”

On the procedure for dealing with concussions:

“We have a process and a protocol that our players have to go through here, which is administered by our trainers and doctors. I’m not going into the exact protocol that they go through, but it’s pretty much similar to that of a NFL team. They have to pass certain tests and be cleared by the doctor. Believe me, we are never going to put any young man on the field with a concussion or any injury, unless they are fully able to play and our cleared by the medical staff. As a coach, I don’t have anything to do with any of those decisions. I just get the injury report from our trainers and doctors. They tell me whose [in] and whose not. We go by that standard. We always have a protocol with the concussions and with any injury that we go through. We are going to make sure that kid is ready to go and play at a high level before returning after an injury.”

Defensive Lineman Zeke Riser

On bouncing back after the game at Florida State:

“It’s really positive; I’ve been on really good teams and really bad teams so whenever guys take losses hard that’s a good sign. If no one cares about losing then that’s when you have a problem.”

On Virginia:

“They’re really big upfront; they’ve got a really strong running game like they’ve have had in the past. We really have to stop the run like we have to do every week so that’s what we’re basing everything on this week.”

Offensive lineman Sal Conaboy

On putting the Florida State game in the past:

“We just knew that we had to, that’s just a game you have to get out of your mind in less than 24 hours and I think we did a good job with that. We had a good session Sunday and hopefully that’ll carry over to today.”

On Saturday’s game against Virginia:

“We’re excited; we’re really looking forward to getting out this week and getting after it. We’re putting an emphasis on being physical and this is going to be a physical game and we’re really excited for another border battle.”

On the key to winning Saturday’s game:

“Be physical, focus on the little things, our technique, just really getting after it.”

Offensive lineman De’Onte Arnett

On preparing for Saturday’s game against Virginia:

 “The biggest thing we’re worried about is perfecting our technique and cleaning up what we didn’t do well last week. We want to make sure that we don’t tip off in our stances, go back to the basics.  We felt like we did that in the bye week, but we’ll put a little more emphasis on it this week cleaning things up.”

On head coach Randy Edsall’s message to the team following the game at Florida State:

“That one’s in the books, it’s a classic saying, but that one’s in the books, can’t continuously worry about what happened.  We have to learn from the tape and then move on.”

Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

On the Florida State game:

“There were a lot of things we could have done differently; I think we lost that game mentally. It’s unfortunate, but that game is in the past and we’re just trying to get it out of our system and just get ready for Virginia.”

On the mood in the locker room following Saturday’s game:

“We’re definitely upset about losing last week, but we just have to get that out of our system. There’s a lot of football left this season; our hopes and dreams have not ended. We just have to flush it out of our system and get ready for Virginia.”

On the team’s expectations moving forward:

“The goal is still to win every game; you never know what is going to happen. Definitely, don’t think the chances of us becoming ACC champs have gone down the drain. In the meantime, you just have to control what you can control and going out there and giving it your all and trying to win every game.”



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