Postcards from Jacksonville: Day 3 At The Gator Bowl
Dec. 28, 2003
Fast Fact of the Day: Maryland has never lost in the Gator Bowl with a 2-0-1 record beating Florida (13-0) in 1975, and Missouri (20-7) in 1950 along with a 20-20 tie against Georgia in 1948.
By Jason Yellin
JACKSONVILLE -- A day of fun and games for the Terps began a little later as Sunday's wake-up call came at 9 a.m. Breakfast was served from 9 to 10 a.m., and that was followed by positional meetings at 10:15.
While the dress squad had their meetings, the scout team left early for Jacksonville University for weight-lifting. The dress squad headed off for JU for practice at 11 a.m.
While the buses were pulling up the annual game between the team managers and the video staff was taking place. The managers continued their dominance with a 28-0 win.
The players headed out to the field telling stories of their fun in Jacksonville. One of the highlights came as tight end Derek Miller lifted a live lobster out of a tank - as part of a game similar to the one with a claw that moves up and down while you try to retrieve a stuffed animal at a fair -- at the Jacksonville Landing a night earlier. It was pretty remarkable as the salesperson at the Sunglass Hut across the way from the tank said she had just seen two lobsters pulled in her three years at the stand.
Team practice began with some more fun as punter Adam Podlesh booted balls away for the offensive linemen to catch. Stephon Heyer made a nice catch before the full squad hit the field for the start of some special teams situations.
Practice continued with positional drills conducted by the assistant coaches under the watchful eye of coach Ralph Friedgen.
It was a pleasant 68 dgrees when practice started with a lot of cloud cover by the time it finished.
Practice wrapped up around 2:15 p.m. and the media met the players. Popular interviews were with Allen, Domonique Foxworth and Kyle Schmitt. Coach Friedgen spoke for about 10 minutes and said the team was healthy and that only Rich Parson missed practice with a migraine headache, but would be fine tomorrow.
After practice, the fun and games began as the Terps hit the theme park Adventure Landing.
The Terps were greeted by the gator, Sydney, the bowl's mascot. Once they walked through the main entrance the team saw some live alligators which could be fed. The players were more interested in the game inside and quickly hit the token machines for the video games.
Back inside laser tag was also a popular choice of many players.
The Terps spent close to two hours having a grand time at Adventure Landing.
The team got back to the hotel around 5:30 p.m. and headed straight to get their second installment of per diem. The team had dinner on their own and headed out for the night.