Media Day Wrap-Up

8/12/2010 2:40:07 PM It was my first time at one of these things, so it was a pretty cool experience. Ralph had his typical press conference, but it lasted for a good half hour this time around, then they brought every single non-freshman player out for an interview session that lasted an hour. I was able to talk to Alex Wujciak, Jamarr Robinson, Torrey Smith, Da'Rel Scott, Nick Ferrara, Adrian Cannon, Cameron Chism, Paul Pinegar and Will Yeatman. Then there was a two and a half hour break, followed by an open-to-the-media session of practice. So, all-in-all, a fun day. Some of the things I noticed from the day's happenings:
  • A lot more flip cameras and stuff among the reporters who were there. This prompted me to buy my own pocket camcorder, which is coming in the mail tomorrow. In other words, I will now be posting interview videos and pictures to this site when I cover games, which should be pretty freakin' cool.
  • A.J. Francis is a gregarious guy, and I definitely regret interviewing him. That being said, some of the more entertaining guys to interview on the team are Demetrius Hartsfield, Da'Rel Scott, Alex Wujciak and Nick Ferrara. I would imagine there are plenty other characters on the team that we just don't know about because they're not good enough at football for anyone to care if they have a personality. I'll definitely try to talk to those guys as much as I can over the course of the season though.
  • Will Yeatman, who if you don't know, is a two-sport (lacrosse) transfer from Notre Dame, is a cool guy. He's from San Diego, and we had a little chit-chat about him bringing some Cali flavor to the locker room. Next time I talk to him I have to ask him if he beefs with any of his teammates over east coast-west coast rap. Also, he said hadn't put on pads in 22 months, and it showed his first time in practice. He looked a little lost and had to ask what was going on in a drill once.
  • Practice is weirdly run. Each drill only lasts 5 minutes, and every player only goes through once or twice sometimes. After the 5 minutes, a horn sounds and everyone drops anything they're doing and switches stations. It was weird to watch as a first practice, but I'm sure I'd get used to it really quickly.
  • Torrey Smith said he's not going to be on the field for quite as many plays this year, since he's trying to avoid the nagging injuries that slowed him down the stretch last year. He put it as "less plays, more production," which all sounds well and good, but it sounds to me like we're taking our most explosive (by far) offensive player off the field more often than we did in our 2-10 season, without having added any new talent behind him. Ugh.
  • Da'Rel Scott said he's 100% healthy...about 7 or 8 times. He sounded genuinely excited to play again and I think he has a ridiculous year. Everyone outside of the (ever-shrinking) Maryland football fan base has forgotten that he was first-team All-ACC in his only full season so far. He spent the winter with the track team and said he brought his 40-time down down sub-4.3. I don't need to tell you how fast that is, especially for someone as freaking built as Da'Rel. He looks like a linebacker, and he now runs and under 4.3 40? That's reason for optimism if nothing else is - another Terp workout warrior for the draft.
That's really all that came out of it, other than the stories I'm writing over at Turtle Sports Report from the interviews. P.S. - I promise the next thing I write will be about basketball

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