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Quick hits from Maryland

4/21/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Greetings from Maryland, where the most noticeable difference in Maryland's football team is in the head coach. Ralph Friedgen has lost a significant amount of weight, almost 80 pounds, and it's a striking difference if you haven't seen him in a few months. As for his team? Here are a few quick hits before the chat starts:

  • Friedgen said he's been pleased with this spring, and that overall, the Terps only had one bad practice. That's impressive, considering he pointed out 60 of his 85 scholarship players still have three to four years of eligibility remaining. It's a very young team.

  • His lingering concerns are up front on both sides of the ball. He said they have to get stronger.

  • Defensive back Nolan Carroll, who was injured in Saturday's scrimmage, will miss the spring game, along with Da'Rel Scott. Friedgen said he's confident in four safeties -- Terrell Skinner, Antwine Perez, Jamari McCollough and Kenny Tate.

  • He said it was a good experiment moving Drew Gloster from tight end to linebacker, where he is penciled in as the starting middle linebacker.

  • Offensively, Friedgen said Adrian Cannon is pushing Torrey Smith for the starting X-receiver position.

  • Kevin Dorsey, the standout redshirt freshman receiver, hurt his AC joint and missed today's practice. The young receivers have been playing well, but there have also been too many drops this spring.

  • Friedgen moved Louis Berman, the third-string middle linebacker, to fullback. He's looking for another blocker there and thinks Berman has a better chance to get on the field there.

  • Look out for Tony Logan and Torrey Smith in the return game.

Time to chat. See you there.