Nik Caner-Medley seems to have changed his attitude coming into this season. He was streaky last season and was benched on occasion for a lack of focus on defense and poor shot selection. Simple determination and willingness to play within the system could cure both those problems. When Medley tries to go outside his skills he gets himself into trouble and disrupts the entire team. In a Washington Post interview Caner-Medley described last year's NIT finish as "embarrassing" and a huge disappointment for this group of seniors. He claims they have rededicated themselves to playing with total effort both in practice and in games. In college sports attitude plays a much bigger role than anyone cares to admit. College teams with bad chemistry almost never meet expectations and last year was no different. Medley alluded to the poor chemistry with John Gilchrist, who was his roommate and "great friend",
"That's your teammates; those are the people who care about you," Caner-Medley said of Gilchrist's remarks. "If you're willing to say things about people who care about you, how do you think people are going to perceive that who don't even know you? He made some bad decisions, and it hurt him."His teammates and coaches defended Gilchrist most of the year even after it was obvious he was a divisive figure on the team and set a bad example with his work habits in practice. Clearly his teammates were surprised when he suggested in an interview that they did not match his intensity and were the cause of the team's inconsistent play.
Medley seems to have taken this lesson to heart:
"There won't be one practice this year that I don't go 100 percent. There won't be one game where I don't leave everything on the floor," said Caner-Medley, whose team will open the regular season Nov. 18 against Fairleigh Dickinson. "In the past, when you are immature, there's been practices where I have come with the mentality like, 'I can't wait until practice is over. I am tired. I want practice to be over.'If McCray, Strawberry and Medley can become the senior leaders that Maryland lacked last season then this team could achieve some great things.
The investigation into the brawl at a local bar involving the football team is ongoing. Friedgen hinted that players could press charges of their own if the injured bouncers pursue legal action. Suspensions are sure to follow, the only questions are who gets them and for how long.
Onto better news Josh Allen was interviewed by the Sun about his recovery from a devastating knee injury in last season's finale versus Wake Forest. It seems Josh is doing well and iching to get back to playing. He will give Lance Ball a serious challenge at running back next spring if he is fully recovered.
Sam Hollenbach may need off season surgery on his clavicle (collar bone) that he injured against Virginia Tech if it does not heal properly. Sounds like this will be a nagging injury for the rest of the year. The running game must improve to protect him and the staff should throw out any QB option plays. If Hollenbach goes down for the season then the Terps can kiss their bowl hopes goodbye.