Maryland head coach Randy Edsall handed out ceremonial game balls -- as usual -- to 12 players -- unusual -- following his team’s 52-7 win over James Madison on Saturday in College Park.
Edsall announced the following honorees during a conference call with the media on Sunday:
Special Teams: Sean Davis, safety
Davis finished with 10 total tackles, including one monster hit on special teams, and two free rushes on the quarterback, one of which forced an interception by fellow Maryland defensive back Jeremiah Johnson.
CSN wrote about Davis’ big game on Sunday. Read that here.
Defense: L.A. Goree, linebacker
In a linebacking corps that was without Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil due to injury and with a somewhat limited Cole Farrand for the same reason, L.A. Goree anchored the unit.
Goree finished with 14 total tackles, including seven solo, in the win.
Offense: Michael Dunn, Silvano Altimirano, Sal Conaboy, Andrew Zeller, Ryan Doyle, Andrew Isaacs, Marcus Leak, Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, Kenneth Goins
Edsall decided to take the unconventional route with his offensive game balls Saturday. He cited two reasons for that:
1) Quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe were not sacked on Saturday.
2) The team as a whole rushed for 285 yards.
Because of those two statistics, Edsall gave game balls to those who blocked to make it happen. The move is particularly a tip of the cap to Diggs and Long, who Edsall critiqued during training camp for not yet being complete receivers. Their blocking performance on Saturday likely means it’s a step in the right direction.