Terps football to focus on red-zone defense, minimizing turnovers during spring practice

Maryland begins workouts on Saturday

  • Terps defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said improving players' tackling will be among the items on the agenda during the spring practice session.
Terps defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said improving… (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun )
February 26, 2014|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland opens football spring practices this Saturday.

Coaches say the defense will emphasize improving red-zone defense and tackling techniques.

On offense, coaches say the team will concentrate on minimizing turnovers.

“A lot of people use springs for a lot of different reasons – fine-tune the offense, fine-tune the defense ... do goal-line, do red-zone defense,” defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said Wednesday.

“Nevada-Reno, they put in a pistol in the spring. That’s when it was invented. Our focus is going to be better tackling and then playing better red-zone defense. We’re going to get better in other areas, but those are two emphases.”

Last season’s statistics dictate the spring’s priorities.

Maryland allowed a score on 48 of 53 red-zone opportunities. That percentage, 90.6, ranked Maryland’s defense 12th out of of 14 ACC teams.

In turnover margin, the Terps were last in the conference at minus-7.

Maryland produced a depth chart in advance of spring practice, but position battles don’t truly come into focus until August. Spring is a chance for coaches to look more at the big picture.
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