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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,Special to the Sun | September 23, 2007
A pair of Carroll County football teams, both relatively small in stature, are enjoying big success in the early season. Though undersized compared with many of their opponents, North Carroll and Century have used the spread offense to light up the scoreboard, combining to start the season 5-1. That may not seem like much until you consider that the teams were a combined 25-55 over the past four years. North Carroll has posted just one winning season in 20 years. "What we're trying to do is open the game up more offensively," said Panthers coach Jeff Oeming, who led North Carroll to a 6-4 record in 1986, during his first stint as coach.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
MORGAN STATE @ EASTERN MICHIGAN When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Site: Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, Mich. TV: ESPN3 Audio: 88.9 FM Series: First meeting What's at stake: The Lee Hull era begins, and the former Maryland wide receivers coach would love nothing more than to start his collegiate head coaching career on the right foot. The Bears finished last season with three wins in the final four games, but . they begin 2014 with two straight road games and five of their first six away from Baltimore.
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By Ken Murray | November 2, 2008
THE TOP FIVE 1 Titans (7-0) Have a stranglehold on the AFC South. 2 Giants (6-1) Finding creative ways to win. 3 Steelers (5-2) 0-2 against the NFC East. 4 Panthers (6-2) Who can stop Steve Smith? 5 Redskins (6-2) The Steelers will test Jason Campbell. THE BOTTOM FIVE 28 Seahawks (2-5) Can still beat up the 49ers. 29 49ers (2-6) Maryland's Shaun Hill finally will get his shot. 30 Lions (0-7) Played better but not good enough. 31 Chiefs (1-6) Scared the Jets with the spread offense.
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August 29, 2014
Back for a second season, we'll be previewing each of Maryland's football games by conducting a Q&A with a reporter who covers the Terps' next opponent. This week, we asked five questions to Matt Jones, who covers James Madison football for The Daily News-Record and DukesofJMU.com . Be sure to check out more of his work here .   Tracking the Terps: This will be James Madison's first game with somebody other than Mickey Matthews in charge since the turn of the century.
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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,Sun Reporter | December 28, 2006
Orlando, Fla. -- The exact origins are difficult to trace. Maybe it started to catch on at the University of Wyoming in the late 1980s, where former coach Dennis Erickson left his playbook, a hodgepodge of X's and O's in a one-back spread offense scribbled inside. It probably was conceived before that, though, an idea Erickson borrowed from the late Jack Elway, who tried to develop "the perfect offense" while an assistant at Washington State in the early 1970s. One thing is certain. Purdue coach Joe Tiller was part of the evolution - and the success - of the spread offense, a scheme in which four- or five-wide receiver sets are used.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Maryland coach Randy Edsall might have felt a little disoriented walking out of the visitors locker room Saturday night at Connecticut's Rentschler Field. Edsall spent a dozen seasons at UConn and was here when the stadium opened 10 years ago. Wearing a black Maryland warmup suit, Edsall was greeted by a half-dozen photographers and television camera operators as he walked to midfield before the game and greeted Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni, the man who succeeded him. As he walked away, he stooped to pick up a blade of grass and tossed it into the air to see which way the wind was blowing.
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January 8, 2009
1 Gimme a B ...: Gimme a C ...: Remember, Mack Brown, you have to vote the winner of Oklahoma-Florida (8:15 p.m., chs. 45, 5) as the national champion. 2 Theme song: Telecasts of the Mercedes-Benz Championship tournament (6 p.m., Golf Channel) should open with Janis Joplin's song about the car. Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz. ... 3 Solid gold: Tubby Smith's Golden Gophers are ranked No. 22, and Minnesota has a Big Ten game with Iowa (7 p.m., ESPN2). If his team stays ranked, Smith will be golden himself.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
It's not just the spread offense of Old Dominion that Maryland will be concerned with on Saturday. It's the particular ability of Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who won the 2012 Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision, to make plays. The Terps have faced spread offenses and will again. Clemson and West Virginia -- opponents last year and this year -- run variations of the spread. But it's hard to stop an instinctive player.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2013
Maryland (1-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Old Dominion (0-1 ) Time: 4 p.m. Saturday Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park TV: ESPNews Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM Series: 0-0 Last meeting: None Maryland offense vs. Old Dominion defense: The Monarchs went 11-2 last season in the Football Championship Subdivision, but they are transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision and surrendered 481...
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September 20, 2013
When: 3:30 P.M. Site: M&T Bank Stadium TV: ESPNU Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM Series: West Virginia leads 26-21-2 and has won seven straight Last meeting: West Virginia defeated Maryland, 31-21, on Sept. 22, 2012, in Morgantown, W.Va. Maryland offense vs. West Virginia defense: Maryland's offense has surpassed 500 yards in each game this season. With Nigel King injured, Maryland will probably play redshirt freshman Malcolm Culmer extensively at wide receiver.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
Former Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith sat in the first row as Lee Hull was introduced as Morgan State's 19th head football coach on Thursday. Hull, the Terps ' receivers coach for the past six years, told a gathering of Bears players and administrators that he has experience fostering a "family" atmosphere. Smith, juggling one of his nephews on his lap during the news conference, was the proof. Smith, now with the Ravens, said he couldn't imagine not being there for Hull, 48, whom he regards as a "father figure.
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September 20, 2013
When: 3:30 P.M. Site: M&T Bank Stadium TV: ESPNU Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM Series: West Virginia leads 26-21-2 and has won seven straight Last meeting: West Virginia defeated Maryland, 31-21, on Sept. 22, 2012, in Morgantown, W.Va. Maryland offense vs. West Virginia defense: Maryland's offense has surpassed 500 yards in each game this season. With Nigel King injured, Maryland will probably play redshirt freshman Malcolm Culmer extensively at wide receiver.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Maryland coach Randy Edsall might have felt a little disoriented walking out of the visitors locker room Saturday night at Connecticut's Rentschler Field. Edsall spent a dozen seasons at UConn and was here when the stadium opened 10 years ago. Wearing a black Maryland warmup suit, Edsall was greeted by a half-dozen photographers and television camera operators as he walked to midfield before the game and greeted Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni, the man who succeeded him. As he walked away, he stooped to pick up a blade of grass and tossed it into the air to see which way the wind was blowing.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2013
Maryland (1-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Old Dominion (0-1 ) Time: 4 p.m. Saturday Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park TV: ESPNews Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM Series: 0-0 Last meeting: None Maryland offense vs. Old Dominion defense: The Monarchs went 11-2 last season in the Football Championship Subdivision, but they are transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision and surrendered 481...
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
It's not just the spread offense of Old Dominion that Maryland will be concerned with on Saturday. It's the particular ability of Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who won the 2012 Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision, to make plays. The Terps have faced spread offenses and will again. Clemson and West Virginia -- opponents last year and this year -- run variations of the spread. But it's hard to stop an instinctive player.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
After allowing more than 180 rushing yards in three straight games, including a franchise-worst 227 yards in a Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys, the last place the Ravens defenders wanted to be during their bye week was a dark film room. "I was just thinking, 'Get away. Get away as far as possible,' " defensive end Arthur Jones remembered, not so fondly, this week. "I want to clear my mind, just really getting some rest and getting away from it a little bit. I started watching a little film at the end of the bye week.
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December 12, 2007
Offensive player Nick Elko Arundel Elko was the leader of the Wildcats' no-huddle spread offense, leading the Class 4A state runners-up in both passing and rushing, in addition to handling the place-kicking and punting chores. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior set state public school season records for touchdown passes (40), pass attempts, completions and passing yards. Elko completed 260 of 430 passes for 3,091 yards and nine interceptions. He also ran for 817 yards and 10 touchdowns, kicked five field goals and 38 extra points and had a punting average of 38 yards on 46 attempts.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2011
Random thoughts on offensive coordinator Gary Crowton's departure: *The details of Crowton's departure will be determined by a negotiation between Crowton and the school, according to a knowledgable source. There may be a negotiated buyout of the contract balance (or some of the balance).  *Crowton's hurry-up, spread offense looked good only sporadically. What the offense lacked was consistency. Partly because of injuries and suspensions, it seemed as if the offense was forvever shifting personnel.
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December 13, 2012
New Mexico Bowl David Teel Daily Press Absent a connection to either team or a need for immediate counseling, no pre-Christmas bowl merits your attention. But if desperate to avoid the mall Saturday, settle in for Nevada and Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl - and not solely because of its corporation-free name. The Wildcats and Wolf Pack feature not only top-20 scoring offenses, averaging more than 35 points per game, but also the nation's top two rushers. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson average 146.4 and 141.9 yards per game, respectively.
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By Matt Vensel | December 10, 2012
Early in his tenure as Ravens offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron was universally praised for his relationship with young quarterback Joe Flacco, who won 20 games in the regular season in 2008 and 2009 and three more, all on the road, in the playoffs during his first two years in the NFL. Flacco was considered by some to be a project coming out of Delaware. The physical tools were there, but he came from a smaller school that ran a shotgun spread offense, something that has become more prevalent here and around the NFL since Flacco was drafted 18th overall in 2008.
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