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UMass' Matt Lawrence Connects Edsall & Maryland

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In the Howard County (Md.) Newspaper, UMass alum Matt Lawrence is the subject of a story relating Maryland football an its new coach -- Lawrence's first college coach Randy Edsall.

Before the Ravens' Matt Lawrence became an all-around back at the University of Massachusetts, he played at Connecticut from 2003-04 in his home state. His coach was Randy Edsall, who was named Maryland's coach on Monday.

Ravens' Lawrence played for Edsall at UConn

By David Driver
Posted: January 6, 2011

Before the Ravens' Matt Lawrence became an all-around back at the University of Massachusetts, he played at Connecticut from 2003-04 in his home state. His coach was Randy Edsall, who was named Maryland's coach on Monday.

The Terps have been taking heat from fans and in the pressfor choosing Edsall because his record was barely above .500 at UConn.

Lawrence told me Wednesday afternoon, after a morning workout in Owings Mills as the team prepares to play Sunday at Kansas City in an AFC playoff game, that he had no problem playing for Edsall. "He was a respectable coach," said Lawrence, who was signed by the Ravens as a free agent in 2008 and is on the reserve/PUP list with Baltimore. A standout at Bloomfield High in Connecticut, he said the main reason he transferred to UMass was for more playing time and because UConn was loaded at running back.

From 2005-07 Lawrence played in 43 games at UMass with 24 starts -- 17 at running back and seven at fullback. He gained 2,035 yards with an average of 4.8 per carry.

While many Maryland fans have been upset with the firing of Ralph Friedgen and the hiring of Edsall, some UConn fans are upset that Edsall left the Huskies to coach at Maryland. Edsall did not return on the plane with UConn after its bowl game.

Lawrence, of course, and the Ravens have more important things to worry about this week.

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