Thanksgiving, NC State await as Maryland goes for 7th win

Thanksgiving, NC State await as Maryland goes for 7th win
November 26, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Edsall: Just didn't work out

(Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

COLLEGE PARK--Maryland will practice early on Thursday, Thanksgiving morning, as the team prepares for its final regular season game against N.C. State on Saturday. After that, players will disperse to visit their families for the holiday.

Senior linebacker Marcus Whitfield knows exactly what his plan is.

“Right after practice I’m going to head home,” Whitfield said with a smile. “It gives everybody a chance to go home and have a home-cooked meal.”

The holiday will also give Whitfield a chance to spend time with his four-year-old son, Jeremiah, who was at Saturday’s Senior Day festivities in College Park and has been enjoying a week off from his Head Start educational program because of the holiday.

Word is that there will be a full Thanksgiving spread when he arrives, but Whitfield couldn’t choose a favorite holiday fixing.

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Mashed potatoes? That was a favorite of quarterback C.J. Brown. Sweet potatoes with a marshmallow topping? That’s what linebacker Matt Robinson is most looking forward to.

“Whatever my mom has on the table,” Whitfield said with a laugh after a moment of thinking. “You got to be grateful.”

Once the Terrapins return to College Park, they will leave for Raleigh, N.C., in search of win No. 7, which will further improve their bowl chances before it is officially determined where Maryland will be headed.

The regular-season finale against the Wolfpack is the next in a series of up-and-down weeks for Maryland that saw a bowl-clinching win over Virginia Tech and a heartbreaking loss to Boston College.

It will also mark the official end of ACC play for Maryland’s football program before it moves to the Big Ten next season.

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“I didn’t really sense much hostility or the things that you would maybe think go along with ... leaving,” head coach Randy Edsall said of the team’s final season in the conference.

“The best way you can always take care of those things is just to go there and play well and take their crowd out of it so they can’t say anything … It’s been a great ride. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Though injury-plagued throughout the season, Maryland’s two-deep depth chart this week remains the same as the one released prior to the team’s game against Boston College.

Edsall does, though, hope that linebacker Cole Farrand will find his way back into the lineup after sitting out Saturday’s loss.

Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m.