What a difference a week makes. Early last week the weather was great with temperatures in the 60s. Yesterday (Feb. 1) there was snow and ice on the practice field, temps were in the 20s and practice was moved indoors to the bubble. I guess I should not be surprised since we are still in the middle of winter.
The weather will also have an impact on this weekend's scrimmages with Cornell and Loyola. The forecast is calling for 1-3" of snow Tuesday night, but good weather on Wednesday and Thursday should get rid of that and what we have now. But, the real question becomes the weather forecast Friday night into Saturday. Weather prognosticators are calling for more snow and that could impact the scrimmages. Right now there is a "wait and see" approach, but whatever happens we will keep fans posted with e-mails (subscribe today), on umterps.com and on Facebook (become a fan today)
One thing we know for sure is that weather will not be a factor next week when the Terps travel to Syracuse for a scrimmage on Friday, Feb. 12. The chance for snow inside the Carrier Dome is zero percent.
There isn't too much to report on in terms of news on the field, but one development that occurred last week involves the battle for the third close defender spot. Junior Ryder Bohlander and sophomore Grant Oliver were in a tight battle for the spot. And while Bohlander seemed to have earned an edge through his play on the field, the spot seems to be his for the foreseeable future because Oliver suffered a knee injury on Wednesday that will keep him on the sidelines for a while. Freshman Jesse Bernhardt was also expected to compete for that spot, but he was slowed by a nagging injury and now will likely serve as a back-up at close defense, as well as being a reserve long pole.
I did want to touch on one other thing on the field this week and that's Will Yeatman. A lot was expected of him when Yeatman transferred to Maryland before the start of the 2009 season and, after an adjustment period during which he got comfortable with the offense and his teammates and his teammates got comfortable with him and his game, he started to show why he was such a force for Notre Dame as a freshman in 2007. Of course, just as he was finding his groove last season he suffered an ankle injury that nearly put him back to square one. Even with that, Yeatman had a solid 2009 season. But, from what I've seen from him this spring, the best is yet to come. There are stretches in practice when he is easily the most dominating player on the field. One of the criticisms about his game was that he didn't have a great shot. From what I've seen Yeatman spent a lot of time in the fall working on his shooting and that could make for a lot of nervous defenses this season.
A couple of weeks ago we brought you the terrific news of Ryan and Danielle Moran welcoming their first child, Madelynne Lee. Coach Moran was kind enough to send us a picture to share with the Terps family. We're happy to say that so far everything is going well for dad, mom and baby.
Remember to check for updates on this weekend's scrimmages and we'll be back next week for a review of the action - no matter where or when it happens.