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Terps beat heat,make progress

August 14, 2002

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland football team lived up to its proud mascot during its fourth day of practices on Tuesday.

The Terrapins proceeded slow and steady - well, like turtles - to continue the pace leading to Aug. 31's meeting with Notre Dame in the Kickoff Classic.

The heat and administering to the new kids on the block slowed the pace, but not the quality of the last workouts before they go to full pads today.

"I thought we made some progress today offensively," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. "I was pleased with the way we pushed through today. We had a teaching day and slowed things down. It was hot and the players still had to focus."

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But while 90-degree temperatures help temper the pace, the need to get the younger players on the right page might rate high on the list of importance.

"On the one hand, we've been practicing a lot of young kids and sometimes it is frustrating early, but later on it may pay dividends. We are getting more young kids reps now than at any time I can remember."

The heat has taken its toll to slow some players.

"(Offensive guard and Outland Trophy candidate) Todd Wike went down with heat cramps and Matt Crawford has a virus and can't keep anything down."

The slower pace allowed Friedgen to get better looks at quarterbacks Chris Kelley and Scott McBrien, who are vying for the starting job vacated by Shaun Hill.

Kelley continues to make his almost miraculous return to the roster after suffering a knee injury during the spring game.

Meanwhile, McBrien is trying to earn the starting job after redshirting last year following his transfer from West Virginia University.

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