October 24, 2007

Terps football notebook

If Maryland's defense was graded on an academic scale, ranging from 'A' to 'F', its results would rarely be called average, according to linebacker Erin Henderson.

"We are either making plays for 1 yard or 2 yards, catching them in the backfield, and breaking up passes, or we are giving up a 40-yard run or a 50-yard touchdown pass," Henderson said. "It's either an 'A' or an 'F'. When (defensive coordinator Chris Cosh) first said it, it kind of upset me but then the more I thought about it, it kind of made sense to me."

Henderson, who leads the ACC in tackles (12.3) and is third in the nation after recording a career-high 18 against Virginia, said the Terps need to find the middle ground a little more often against Clemson. Maryland was hurt by a variety of screens and draws last weekend, and the Tigers, who count the screen pass among their primary weapons, will likely try to do the same.

"We have a very aggressive style of defense," Henderson said. "Sometimes we get up the field too quick and (that) allows for plays like that to work. That's something we are going to work on in practice this week and get corrected."

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