Mike Locksley: Maryland 'took a step forward' with effort despite blowout loss to Michigan
Maryland has not had a great stretch since starting the season 2-0.
After two wins to start the year, the Terrapins have gone 1-6 since. The lone win in that stretch was against Rutgers with the team losing in blowout fashion the past two weeks.
Following Saturday’s loss to Michigan, head coach Mike Locksley admitted he was disappointed. However, Locksley did indicate that he was pleased with his team in one area.
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After not showing effort from start to finish against Minnesota, Locksley felt the effort was at a high level from beginning to end, despite the scoreline:
- “Disappointed obviously in the score and the outcome of the game, but not with the effort,” explained Locksley. “Which for me was something I needed to see from our team, something that I didn’t see last week…I thought we took a step forward in terms of the type of effort we need to play with for 60 minutes, playing with heart, playing with pride. I saw that all the way to the end…I think we can build with that type of fight.”
Locksley went on to discuss Michigan’s fake punt that occurred late in the second quarter when the Wolverines held a 14-0 lead. He did not agree with the label that the play was a turning point, but he did admit the Terrapins allowed Michigan to steal some points before the half:
- “I wouldn’t say (the fake punt) was a turning point of it, but it allowed them to steal some points at the end of the first half, which we were trying to guard against.”
All in all, Locksley did not shy away from the fact that there are plenty of things Maryland needs to try and fix:
- “We’ve got a lot of things that need to be fixed. Protection, taking care of our QB, QBs execution of the passing game, WRs creating separation against man coverage.”
You can check out all of Locksley’s post-game comments here, courtesy of Terrapin Sports Report.
Maryland now has three games left with a need to win all three in order to become bowl eligible. Unfortunately, the Terrapins square off against No. 3 Ohio State next weekend.