Terps coordinator Crowton looking forward to installing 'fast-paced' offense

Former LSU assistant plans to use no-huddle, lots of shotgun formations

March 04, 2011|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — Recently hired Maryland offensive coordinator Gary Crowton said he enjoyed his four years in the same position at LSU. But he said Friday that it wouldn't be quite fair to assess his offensive philosophy based on his years under head coach Les Miles.

Crowton said Miles favored "a more conservative style" than his own. Crowton doesn't question LSU's success, but he said he was ready to move on to a new approach.

"My true inner nature [is] I want to be exciting and open and fast-paced," Crowton said during a session with media members, new head coach Randy Edsall and the members of his staff.

Crowton said he likes to employ the no-huddle and lots of shotgun formations and hopes that at the end of the season, his run-pass ratio is about 50-50.

In other news from the session:

•Edsall, who replaced Ralph Friedgen two months ago, said he was surprised that multiple players — he did not say how many — were having academic difficulties. "I was a little bit shocked by what I saw," he told reporters.

He later said: "They can get it cleaned up. It's improving, and we're making progress."

The Sun reported in January that the rate the NCAA uses to chart football players' paths toward graduation has declined at Maryland for five straight years. Continuation of the trend could harm the program's image and place it at risk of NCAA-mandated scholarship losses.

•Maryland said that Devin Burns has switched from quarterback to wide receiver and Jeremiah Wilson has moved from defensive back to running back. Both are redshirt freshmen.

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