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VIDEO: Edsall Talks After Win
"I am very happy for our players and coaches for battling for a full 60 minutes and coming away with a win. We had to have guys step up today and they did. We are getting better. We are getting closer. It was true team effort today. Guys understand if you can stick together as a team and play hard you have a chance to be successful. I thought Caleb Rowe came in and did a really good job. He made some mistakes, but he did what he was supposed to do and that is lead his team to victory. Deon Long had a huge day. Stefon (Diggs) came back and did some things today. I was on them pretty good last Sunday and they responded. This is something that will help us as we move forward. It is good to beat Virginia in the last time we will play them for the foreseeable future. I am very, very proud of our team."
On Caleb Rowe's 3rd and 22 play:
"We called the go-route and he put the ball in a position where Deon (Long) had an opportunity to go and make the catch. It was a fabulous catch. Those are the things that Deon can do. That is a good lesson for Caleb and C.J. (Brown). If you put the ball in a position where he and Stefon can go fight and jump, they are going to be able to make some plays. We have to do more of that."
On Rowe bouncing back from negative plays:
"He is a gunslinger. He has matured a lot from last year to this year. He can put that stuff behind him now. That is something we try to talk about. When the play is over you put it behind you and move forward. Last year, I am not sure he would have been able to put it behind him. Now he is more mature and understands. I thought he played well enough for us to win tonight, which is the bottom-line."
On getting Brandon Ross going early:
"We knew we needed to be able to run the ball. For us to be successful, we are going to have to be able to run the ball. I thought Brandon did a good job today. He is going to have to continue to do a good job. Albert (Reid) and Jacquille (Veii) did some good things as well. Hopefully, we can continue to do that. We are going to have to do that. The screen play that Brandon took was unbelievable. Deon did a heck of a job there blocking."
On beating ACC rival Virginia:
"It's exciting because we won. That's the biggest thing. And we know that's probably the biggest rivalry that we have in football here at the University of Maryland. To be able to beat them for the last time, I think it's something special. I know that we got their best game today. And we knew that we were going to get their best game because of the situation that they were in. But, it's good to win. It doesn't matter how you win. Just like I say all the time, any win's a good win."
On Maryland defense in the red zone:
"The one thing that you want to be able to do, is you always want to be a good red zone defense. If people get the ball down there, the one thing you want to do is you don't want to give them touchdowns, you want to give them field goals."
On stopping touchdown plays:
"It's a mentality. We're not there yet with that mentality, but as long as the ball hasn't crossed the goal line, you've got a chance. And that's the mentality that we're trying to instill in our guys all the time. As long as the ball's there, we keep playing and keep them out of the end zone."
On team psyche going into today's game:
"I'll tell you the truth, I was nervous coming into this game. I wasn't sure. I saw things in practice this week, but with where we were and all the things that transpired going into the Florida State game, and then what happened in the Florida State game, I wasn't sure coming into today. I thought our guys would respond and really do a good thing, but we're young. We're real young."
On Virginia's Jake McGee:
"We knew he was a good tight end. I thought A.J. Hendy did some good things out there. He was on him pretty good a couple of the times the quarterback made a good throw and the kid made a good catch. That's going to happen in the game of football. But they do a good job with the tight ends. I guess maybe they thought they had a mismatch there, but again, I thought A.J. competed and never hung his head and kept battling. I have a lot of confidence in him and he'll keep getting better."
On third down penalties:
"We've just got to have good fundamentals and good techniques. I thought the offsides, Marcus (Whitfield) was trying to get a jump but it was probably pretty close. I'll have to watch the film and see. But I can't fault the kid on that kind of effort when he's going hard like that."
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