New Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley met with the media today and talked about coming "home" to the Baltimore-Washington area, about the Terps' quarterback situation and about a recruit he seems particularly excited to coach.
Locksley was hired in December, returning to the campus where he served -- from 1997-2002 -- as an assistant to former coaches Ralph Friedgen and Ron Vanderlinden.
Here is some of what Locksley, 42, had to say:
*On the offense:
Locksley calls it "multiple pro-style.”
"The big key for me is finding and evaluating the playmakers in our system and then shaping it to do what our players allow it to do on offense," he said. "I’m a guy that really believes in doing what your personnel allows you to do."
*On running back recruit Wes Brown (Good Counsel):
"To be able to get Wes is a major, major get for us in my opinion becaue he has the skill set to come in nd play right away. He has the physical size. I’d say he's as ready as any running back coming out of high school to be able to come in and compete for playing time."
*On Maryland's 2-10 season in 2011:
"When you’re coming from a 2-10 season typically there will be some vacancies for early playing time because obviously you didn’t get the job done. For me, this isn’t new. We've done some of this before at other places I’ve been where you’ve had to recruit coming off of losing seasons."
"On the quarterbacks:
Locksley complimented Danny O'Brien and C.J. Brown on their "high football IQs."
"Danny’s a very talented quarterback and I think he’s had some success here in both systems -- whether it was two years ago in the West Coast, pro-style stuff and then last year he had some success in certain games in the spread system."
*On his return to the region and off-the-field incidents:
"If any of the things were true, I wouldn’t have collected every penny from the University of New Mexico, It would probably be tough for Maryland to hire a guy that did any of the things that allegedly I did. I’m glad that the stuff is behind me."
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