The mood around the Maryland practice on Wednesday was very light as the Terps prepared for this weekend's matchup with Clemson. The team looked loose and ready to work.
Among the loosest on the practice field were the wide receivers. They started the practice running curl routes and receiving the ball from Wide Receivers Coach Lee Hull. The receivers were chirping at each other throughout the drill.
Torrey Smith was at the center of attention several times early on. As the receivers were changing stations to work on another drill, Smith took a shot at the quarterbacks' throwing target from 30 to 40 yards away, only to miss wide by 10 yards.
That was terrible! yelled one of his teammates.
As the receivers worked on out patterns with the quarterbacks, Offensive Coordinator James Franklin urged his receivers, Know where you are on the field, when they approached the sideline. Maryland will be challenged by Clemson's 10th ranked passing defense that has allowed only 143 yards per game.
Catch it clean, Torrey! yelled Franklin after a well-thrown ball fell to the turf after hitting Smith in the hands.
Is that 20? yelled Hull. Smith went to the ground immediately to do 20 push-ups. The Terps will need Smith to catch everything thrown at him and make big plays against Clemson.
The offensive line drills were a bit more intense thanks, in part, to the yelling of Offensive Line Coach Tom Brattan. The lineman bulldozed blocking sleds and sprawled at tackling dummies, as Coach Friedgen silently watched from his golf cart. The line is looking to improve upon last week's performance against Rutgers when the Terps ran for only 28 yards.
The running backs and linebackers got together for a blitzing and blitz pick-up drill. Whooping and hollering could be heard from across the field each time a teammate got the best of another. The loudest noise came from the running backs when Da'Rel Scott stood up an oncoming defender.
At the start of practice, placekickers were challenged by extremely windy conditions. However, Nick Ferrara was not fazed by the wind, as he booted most of his attempts through the uprights.
Coach Friedgen had a close eye on the reps the punt team took early in practice. Coaches implored the coverage team, Cover! Cover! Cover! With Travis Baltz injured, the punting game is a major concern for the Terps.