Randy Edsall set to coach against alma mater

Terps coach was Syracuse quarterback, then assistant coach

  • Maryland head coach Randy Edsall walks the sidelines against the the West Virginia Mountaineers at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall walks the sidelines against… (Mitch Stringer / USA Today…)
September 18, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

COLLEGE PARK -- For Maryland, Saturday's game at Syracuse is a chance to get back on track after last week's loss to West Virginia and an opportunity to move to 3-1 heading into Big Ten play.

But for Terps coach Randy Edsall, it is also a return to his alma mater.

Edsall was a quarterback at Syracuse from 1976-79. He then began his coaching career at Syracuse as a graduate assistant 1980 and spent 11 seasons on the Orange's staff before moving on to Boston College in 1991.

Edsall also met his wife while at Syracuse. His daughter was born while he was working there, and his son was later a member of the Orange's football team.

Edsall coached at Syracuse several times while he was the coach at Connecticut and has said playing at Syracuse is "business as usual" at this point, but he did acknowledge that the trip is still somewhat special.

"I've got nothing but great memories of Syracuse," Edsall said, later adding, "You go back and see some faces that were there when I was there, but we're going up there to win a football game, and that's first and foremost. We've got to concentrate on that and get it done."

Edsall is 5-3 all-time as a head coach against Syracuse, but the Terps did lose, 20-3, to the Orange in College Park last season.

Edsall last coached at Syracuse in 2010, when his Connecticut team beat the Orange 23-6.

This will be his fifth time coaching at Syracuse as either a head coach or an assistant.

"He has not brought [returning there] up to us," Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said.

He added: "I think he's been there quite a few times."

Edsall 'very impressed' with Syracuse quarterback

Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt is not a dual-threat to the level of Johnny Manziel by any means, but he did run for 67 yards during the Orange's win over Maryland last year and has shown the ability to make plays with both his arm and his legs.

Hunt threw for just 1,638 yards last year with only 10 touchdown passes against eight interceptions. However, he was 20 of 30 for 175 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions during Syracuse's 40-3 win over Central Michigan last week and has rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns in the Orange's two games after running for 500 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

The 6-foot-3, 234-pound Hunt had 13 carries for 92 yards and three touchdowns against Central Michigan.

"I've been very impressed with him," Edsall said. "What we have to do is play good, sound, fundamental football and execute our assignments and their no-huddle offense."

Syracuse also has two running backs who share playing time — Prince Tyson-Gulley and Adonis Ameen-Moore. Both average more than 6 yards per carry.

End zone

Maryland players and coaches have been complimentary of Syracuse's offensive line, which paved the way for 421 yards rushing during Syracuse's first two games. The line has also yet to allow a sack. … Edsall said the Terps' scout team players of the week were freshman center Brendan Moore (offense), senior outside linebacker Clarence Murphy (defense) and freshman tight end Andrew Gray (special teams). … Maryland's captains against Syracuse will be quarterback C.J. Brown (offense), cornerback Will Likely (defense) and kicker Brad Craddock (special teams). … The Terps will wear white jerseys with black pants and black helmets on Saturday.

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