Four days ahead of welcoming Ohio State to College Park, Maryland coach D.J. Durkin joined the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday to provide an update on his team.
What did he have to say about the Terrapins’ upcoming matchup with the fifth-ranked Buckeyes? Check it out:
- Durkin noted Ohio State’s 62-3 win over Nebraska last weekend. “We’ve got a big test in front of us,” he said. He also pointed out he’s looking forward to the environment on campus on Saturday.
- On facing Michigan and Ohio State back-to-back: “That’s difficult for any team or any program in the country, but that’s the schedule that we’re faced with. We’ll embrace that. That’s a part of playing in this conference … it’s all a part of the growth and progression of this program.”
- Durkin said quarterback Perry Hills is day-to-day with a shoulder injury heading into Saturday’s game.
- Asked about handling recruiting after suffering a few losses, Durkin said there’s been a “great response” from recruits. “No one’s wavered.” He said recruits understand where Maryland is as a program and that it’s in the process of building. “I don’t see any reason that would change.”
- Durkin on the early success he’s found on the recruiting trail: “No, not surprised. There’s a lot of reasons Maryland’s been great and will be great. He pointed out the Terrapins’ facilities and unique relationship with Under Armour.
- Land of 10 asked Durkin about his relationship with Urban Meyer, whom he served as a grad assistant for at Bowling Green. We’ll have more for you on that later this week.
- Durkin said Ohio State’s team speed is what stands out most about the Buckeyes. “That pops off the tape as you’re watching it.”
- “He’s been very effective for us and he’s done a great job,” Durkin said of Australian-born punter Wade Lees. He admitted there are some football awareness things you have to go through with a player like that.
- Asked specifically about OSU freshmen Dwayne Haskins and Keandre Jones, each of whom were committed to Maryland before flipping to the Buckeyes earlier this year, Durkin deflected and talked about the early impact several of the Terrapins’ true freshmen are already having. He also pointed to Maryland’s 2017 class, which currently ranks 15th nationally and third in the Big Ten.
The Terrapins and the Buckeyes will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET from Maryland Stadium in a game televised on ESPN.