Football: Final Maryland reflections

A few more thoughts about Saturday’s game:

–Good starting debut by fullback Brian Holley. There is a lot of talk about the departure of Will Ta’ufo’ou, and for good reason. But one thing Holley demonstrated Saturday is the ability to bully his way for a few extra yards, something Ta’ufo’ou couldn’t do as well. It remains to be seen if Holley will be as good a blocker as Ta’ufo’ou. He did well Saturday. But Holley definitely showed something as a short-yardage back.

–I had forgotten just how good Shane Vereen is. After watching Dasarte Yarnway in training camp, I thought Vereen may have some trouble keeping his spot on the depth chart once Jahvid Best leaves the program. But Saturday reminded me just how explosive a runner he is and how adept he is catching balls out of the backfield. I can’t imagine many other teams across the country he wouldn’t be starting for.

–Cornerback Darian Hagan was in and out of the lineup with cramps, and that allowed the Bears to demonstrate what we already knew — just how deep they are in the secondary. Josh Hill and Bryant Nnabufie each played well in Hagan’s place, with Hill making a couple of nice tackles.

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  • ToparchiBear

    Will see how Matt deal with the speed of the OSU defense and the noise at Columbus. And, How he will compare with Pryro. Um! He will not stand a chance.

    Although, I root for a Pac-10 win. But, I don’t think Matt will stand a chance given his stats as a senior in high school. In his last game in high school, he had 1 TD, but 4 interceptions and a lost. With SJS, he hasn’t proof any thing yet. He didn’t have to do much to gain those yardage in that game.

  • TrumanHugh

    While I always appreciate a fact-filled slam on $C, I wonder how it has ANYTHING to do with JO’s post?

    Sorry, it just seems so random…

  • Jan K Oski

    Getting back on topic, when Holley carried that Terp on his back for 3 yards, I didn’t believe what I saw. Holley looked great, and so did Kapp. Looks like this team is a bunch of fast learners…

    Go BEARS!

  • ToparchiBear

    Oop! It was intend to comment on another post, where Moren was asking to compare $C QB and RB…

  • cal85

    I’m trying to contain myself after last weekend’s game. Maryland isn’t $C, but we’ve had troubles executing against weaker teams in the past. It was great to see so many pieces falling into place. In addition to the points mentioned above, I’ll add:

    – KR completing 3rd down throws and throws on the run. I can’t quantify how many 3rd & shorts we had last year that we didn’t convert, but it was a huge relief to see us complete those little dinks that keep the drive alive.

    – Vareen & Deboskie’s contributions will add dog years to Best’s play time. While I’d love Jahvid to play every down, I’m suspicious that he can or that it would be best for him. Having two threats behind him doesn’t allow defenses any breaks.

    – How many playmaking LBs can we have? Thank God for names on the backs so that I can figure out who’s making plays. I thought that the Bears would miss Follett’s big play stops, but there were literally too many to name during the 2nd quarter.

    – O-line, we all assume they’ll be good because they always seem to do well, but there was a lot of youth out there and they opened up some huge lanes for the RBs.

    On the downside, I love Giorgio, but we’ve got to get KO’s deeper. Speaking of kicking, I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen us rest the punter in a blowout. I guess that’s just another indicator of his value.

    I was also a little concerned about our rush defense, but I’d love to be picking nits about one rushing TD and the lead back gaining 90 yards.

    Ah, when will Saturday be here?

    Go Bears!

  • Jake


    Let’s not forget to give props to Ludwig. I liked what I saw as far as play calling. He’s not having Riley do too much, which is allowing Riley to show that he can throw. He just needs to settle in, keep his confidence up, and not be afraid of having to look over his shoulder.

    Remember, 2 years ago we had Tedford calling plays and then Cignetti last year. Both seasons, the offense stalled at times, due some very poor play calling in my opinion that did not take advantage of all our weapons.

    If Ludwig got Utah to beat Alabama, he’s gotta’ be like a kid in a candy shop with CAL. I can’t wait to see what he does with the rest of this season!!!!