Scrimmage scuffles under scrutiny

Maryland football notebook

April 15, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun Reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- After Maryland's three-hour scrimmage at Byrd Stadium finally came to a close yesterday morning, center Edwin Williams was still running sprints under the supervision of offensive line coach Tom Brattan - punishment for a scuffle he got into with defensive lineman Dre Moore.

It was one of a few minor fights that broke out between teammates, but something coach Ralph Friedgen viewed as a learning experience considering the expected crackdown on fighting this season by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Last year, a brawl erupted between Miami and Florida International, leading to a total of 31 players suspended. The Terps will face FIU on Sept. 8 in Miami this year, and Friedgen said ACC commissioner John Swofford will be less tolerant of any melees.

"We've got to be able to control our emotions," Friedgen said. "There's a new emphasis on fighting this year, I think because of the Miami thing, especially in the ACC. They're going to lose kids for a couple of games. We can't afford to lose anybody."

Friedgen films all fights at practices and scrimmages, and the officials today warned the players there would be a "higher sensitivity" to it this season.

"I told them, we're going to punish the whole team because the whole team is going to suffer for that," Friedgen said. "Probably it was good it came up. ... Maybe it's good that happened. Maybe we can learn from it. Hopefully, we can. I don't know how you stop those things, but you got to try."

Ricker moving on?

Maryland backup quarterback Jeremy Ricker, who is listed fourth at his position on the spring depth chart, was not at yesterday's scrimmage and is thinking about transferring, Friedgen said.

"I think he's deciding whether he wants to do that or not," Friedgen said. "We'll have to see."

Ricker, a redshirt freshman from Hummelstown, Pa., was ranked the ninth-best quarterback prospect in the nation by ESPN.com, and the fifth-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com.

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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