offensive coordinator Mike Locksley spoke to the media on Wednesday about how the offense has developed through the first two weeks of the season, and his expectations for the game against Connecticut
On the offensive balance so far this season:
"That's the one thing we strive for offensively is to be able to, not necessarily be 50-50 run pass, but to be able to execute both well. During the course of the games, what we do is predicated on what the defense gives us. The first game, they did some things to take away our running backs so our quarterback had some big plays. Our play-action stuff has been good. In the second game, they forced the running backs to make plays and we were fortunate that our rushing attack got going."
On his advice to running back Brandon Ross going into the Old Dominion game:
"We're a zone team and what we call our power type runs, where there's one cut and you have to get downhill, we thought that in the first game Brandon was taking too long to get to the hole. We just stressed, make a read, stick a foot in the ground and attack the line of scrimmage. I thought he did a better job of that in week two."
On running back Albert Reid:
"As we've said before, we've got two guys that we know for sure have the ability. We look at Albert as a starter from the standpoint of 1A and 1B. He's a kid that works hard and has great vision. I was glad to see him get in the end zone for his first Terp touchdown. He did a great job of making a guy miss in space and that's what you see out of Albert. That's what you get day in and day out. That's how he put himself in position to help us offensively."
On the differences between running backs Albert Reid and Brandon Ross:
"Albert's probably a little more powerful. Brandon has the ability to hit the home run. He has the long speed you like. But they are a lot more similar than they are different."
On how the team blocking has improved:
"It's definitely something we've talked about. With what we do on offense, perimeter blocking is as important as our offensive line protecting our quarterback because when you're working to get the ball out in space to your playmakers, it entails guys out on the perimeter making blocks at the point of attack. Last week, we got better with our perimeter blocking. Our backs did a good job in protection and our receivers were covering up a lot better than they did in the first game."
On Connecticut's defense:
"We've got one game to evaluate them off of and we used last year's game even though they've got a new coordinator. What we saw against Towson was a pressure defense that played a lot of man coverage. It's similar to what they did last year against us. They play a lot of man, disguise their coverages, and like to get the eighth guy in the box. The eighth guy in the box means our zone read game has got to be on point with our reads to eliminate the extra guy and then we've also got to when out on the perimeter in man-to-man coverage."
On the offensive line's motivation after surrendering six sacks to Connecticut last season:
"I don't think they are necessarily motivated by what happened last year. I think they are motivated at getting better like each and every position on our team needs to do. I thought they made strides from week one to week two. Their landmarks were a lot better. They played with a lot more leverage up front. They were executing and not making a lot of mistakes. From that standpoint, we got a lot better. With that being said, a lot of positions on our offense need to continue to get better and we still have so much more room for improvement from a fundamental and technical standpoint."
Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley answered questions from the media on Wednesday, as the Terps prepare for their game on Saturday against Connecticut.
Maryland OC Mike Locksley discusses his expectations for the offense heading into game vs. UConn.