Scott speeding toward final season with Terps

Notebook

Fifth-year senior running back is healthy and faster than ever

August 11, 2010|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — If running back Da'Rel Scott seems a little quicker than a year ago, there might be a few reasons.

The first is that Scott -- after suffering shoulder and wrist injuries earlier in his career -- says he is healthy.

The second is that he said his muscles have been honed by competing this past season in indoor track.

Scott ran 60-meter sprints, recording a time of 6.87 seconds. Maryland said he ran the fastest time -- 4.33 seconds -- among running backs in the 40-yard dash during spring football workouts.

"I think the coaches and the players have seen that in spring ball. I think they noticed the difference -- more bounce in my step," Scott said Wednesday, the second day of Maryland's August training camp.

The fifth-year senior said he was able to participate in track because the Terps, 2-10, didn't qualify for a bowl game. That meant the season ended early, giving Scott time to recover before track season.

Given the choice, he said he would have preferred to have played in a bowl.

Making a mark

For the second day in a row, coach Ralph Friedgen singled out quarterback C.J. Brown for praise.

"The guy I see improving at the quarterback position is C.J. Brown," Friedgen said.

Brown was third on the depth chart after spring workouts, trailing Jamarr Robinson and Danny O'Brien.

Most Maryland fans know little of Brown, who redshirted last season. He is 6feet3, 195 pounds, from western Pennsylvania. Like other recent Maryland quarterback recruits, he is considered mobile in the pocket.

"All of us run extremely well," Brown said. "All it can do is help. It just puts more pressure on the defense."

Brown and O'Brien both watched from the sidelines last season.

"I've come so far since I've been here -- over a year," Brown said. "I feel a lot more comfortable in the system."

Change of plans

The Terps shifted practice from the afternoon to the morning on Wednesday because of the heat.

The early practice meant a quick turnaround. The team had practiced into the evening Tuesday.

Friedgen expressed little sympathy for players who might not have appreciated the schedule change.

The coach said Navy -- Maryland's opening-game opponent Sept. 6 -- is sure to be well conditioned.

He said Maryland can't afford to be flat against such a potent team. Navy was 10-4 last season.

"We've got to play with that intensity. Navy does a great job of doing that. That covers up a lot of sins," Friedgen said.

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