Word on the Street: Terps hoops, Redskins roundup

Word on the Street: Terps hoops, Redskins roundup
October 31, 2011, 1:49 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comBuzz onanother Redskins meltdown, Shanahan's ability to handle a rebuild situation this daunting and Maryland's not-so-smooth transition to Randy Edsall, but first...Terps men's basketball notebook - Scrimmage, Pe'Shon, Cleare, Len Recapping Maryland's basketball practiceand 20-minute scrimmage, made open to the media on Saturday (click on the link for quotes and additional detail on the scrimmage, Pe'Shon Howard and Alex Len): Neither PeShon Howard (broken foot) nor coach Mark Turgeon ruled out the possibility of a medical redshirt season for the sophomore guard. The school announced on Thursday that Howard had sustained an injury specifically a fractured bone in his right foot - and could miss 10-12 weeks. Turgeon said it was unclear if surgery was required and the point guard underwent an MRI on Saturday.Howard, walking with the aid of crutches, said pain in his foot lingered for about a week and he continued practicing until the ache went from annoying to something more. If Howard is back after 10 weeks, he is back on the court just prior to start of ACC play. Marylands conference opener is at NC State on January 8.Should he be out the full 12 weeks out, Howard would sit out 3-4 ACC games and 16-17 games overall. The longer he sits, the more sitting out the season comes into play.If the team needs me to come back, Ill definitely be ready for that. If the coach thinks I should sit out depending on how the team is going, Im also up for that," Howard said.With Howard sidelined, Terrell Stoglin takes over at point guard. Turgeon said freshmen Nick Faust will serve as the backup and Sean Mosley could see time at point. Not that he has a tremendous amount of options, but Turgeon said Stoglin and Mosley would be in the opening game starting lineup with Faust expected to join them.The frontcourt spots remain open, though Berend Weijs and Ashton Pankey began the scrimmage on the same team with the three perimeter players while James Padgett and Mychal Parker subbed in. Fausts 15 points, which included two 3-pointers, led all scorers. Weijs scored 13, most coming while playing with the walk-ons. Stoglin scored eight, Parker and Padgett each scored six points. Mosley failed to score, appearing hesitant with his shot. Before we start thinking it is the 2010-11 season all over again, Turgeon chalked the performance up to a bad day and said Mosley has been shooting the ball well in practice.He is so aware of everything, sometimes maybe he needs just to be maybe a little more of a jerk and just think about himself, Turgeon said Mosley, the Terps lone four-year player.As a junior, Mosley was in an offensive funk throughout the season as his shooting percentage plummeted to 41.3 percent.Shaquille Cleare, the highly touted 2012 recruit who has verbally committed to join Maryland next season, was on campus for an official visit. The 6-9 center and Houston native watched from the sideline and spoke at length with Turgeon during the scrimmage as the Terrapins assistant coaches directed the on-court play.As for 7-1 Ukrainian center Alex Len, Turgeon said the waiting game continues as the NCAA clearinghouse sorts through the matter.Redskins RoundupProps to Ryan O'Halloran for finding any"ups" inthe Redskins 23-0 downer of loss to the Bills(CSNwashington)Some of us having been dubbing the 2011 season a "rebuild" from the start. Now that losses are piling up and the inadequacies are becoming impossible to ignore, is Mike Shanahan up to the fixer-upper challenge?(Reid - Washington Post)Based on last year's choices - including dealing quality draft picks for an aging Donovan McNabb while simultaneously transitioning the defense to a new scheme - hard to imagine the answer was anything other thanhell to the no. You don't get your genius labeled restored taking the long route back to the top and the former Super Bowl winning coach was seemingly trying to turn this team around on the quick.After embracing the recent NFL draft, after signing free agents on the rise and after choosing to go with place holderquarterbacks instead of making a power move for a big name when the team was not yet ready to win,it seemed like the Redskins coach had seen the long-term light. The inept losses themselves do not change that take. Injuries have exposed the minimal amount of depth on the roster after years of neglect and how even one strong offseason will not fix the woes. Whether Shanahan has the stomach or the mental approach to deal with the depths of this rebuild, one that goes waaaaaaay beyond Rex or Beck, nowthat remains to be seen.Things looked so bleak on Sunday that some are suggesting owner Dan Snyder get involved. (Snyder - Washington Examiner)A good for nothing trip (Daly - Washington Times)Breakfast BuffetShaking up the Caps line combinations (Gormley - CSNwashington)Making the change to Randy Edsall has hardly gone well for Maryland (Wise - Washington Post)Despite another defection from its ranks, the Big East still has options (Washington Examiner)With the Redskins season slipping away, time to ratchet up the focus on those college players that could be targets next season (Hogs Haven)