Randy Edsall is halfway through his first spring practice as the Maryland head coach and seems very encouraged.
Focused on building a strong foundation, Edsall said, “As a head coach it is my responsibility to bring everything together. I have to bring the players, coaches, trainers, managers and everyone together as one. For the most part, I think that everything has gone pretty smoothly. In the beginning it's tough to get everyone together and communicate exactly what is expected."
One of the important things to Edsall is instilling a competitive mindset in each player.
“You need to be at your best each and every day,” said Edsall. “You can't get complacent and rest on what you did in the past. I want the mindset that you are out there competing and someone is breathing down my neck trying to take my job. If everyone plays with that mindset, you have the ability to be a very good football team."
Special teams coordinator / outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson says Edsall has a clear plan.
Johnson told the York Daily Record, "Every day you walk in the door you know exactly what your role is and what you need to get done. He has a plan for everything. Every day of the week is a plan, and he's already a year ahead. We're in year one of this project here and to me, mentally, he's already on year two."
Assistant recruiting coordinator Ryan Steinberg added, "He hasn't slowed down. Some people thought it was the initial rush and it would kind of wear off, but he's just constantly going.”
Edsall and the Terps will host Miami (FL) in their season-opener on Monday night, September 5th. Three more home games follow against West Virginia, Temple, and Towson.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at spring practice with the Terps' defense: