Friedgen has beefed-up role, better handle on health

Maryland players like what they see in coach Ralph Friedgen, who's dropped weight and taken a more active role in practice.

Updated: July 27, 2006, 6:02 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Maryland quarterback Sam Hollenbach will see more and more of coach Ralph Friedgen this coming season. But there's apparently less to see of Friedgen, the offensive guru affectionately known as "The Fridge" because of his bulging waistline.

Friedgen has dropped more than 30 pounds since the start of spring practice, school officials said Sunday, after he took on an increased role in coaching his team's offense.

Friedgen, who earned the reputation of an ...

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