Fred Manfra, Lefty Driesell, Doug Glanville, Mel Kiper Jr., Jalen Smith and DJ Durkin all chimed in on Glenn Clark Radio this month. Here's what they had to say.
"What more could a sports fan want than to have the life that I've had and to have the support from my family that I've had? It has just been a godsend. I've really achieved, other than broadcasting a World Series, just about everything that I wanted to do. As a kid, I would've loved to have broadcast a Baltimore Colts Super Bowl. That wasn't to be, because unfortunately they're no longer the Baltimore Colts. And now I want to do a Baltimore Orioles World Series, which would be just fantastic. How far away we are from that, we don't know."
- Orioles play-by-play voice Fred Manfra Feb. 9 on retiring from full-time broadcasting
"He has done a super job, because I think when he left [Texas A&M for Maryland after the 2010-11 season], he only had about seven scholarship players, and it took him a couple years to really get the right people. So he's done a super job. I think Maryland is lucky to get him. Don't let him go. Sign him to a 25-year contract or whatever it takes."
- Maryland coaching legend Lefty Driesell Feb. 13 on the respect he has for Mark Turgeon
"They're going to be competitive. I mean, [Buck] Showalter's a fantastic manager, they have nice pieces. … They could put more pressure on the bases; that could be an asset. Just small things, because they have so much power that they can make you sit back and wait for that three-run homer. Those are small adjustments -- positioning, being aggressive on the bases -- and just hope they get strong performances from [right-handers like] a [Kevin] Gausman or a [Dylan] Bundy, and these guys really evolve over a short period of time. That'll change absolutely everything. If those guys are dependable starters every fifth day, they're going be in contention."
- ESPN analyst/former MLB outfielder Doug Glanville Feb. 14 on his expectations for the 2017 Orioles
"I think it would be pass rusher. I think you could maybe look at a safety, you could possibly go that route if you wanted to. A young safety, obviously, would make sense at that particular point in the draft, midway through [the first round]. [Michigan safety/linebacker] Jabrill Peppers is interesting, because Jim [Harbaugh] coached him at Michigan. He's got great talent. Does he have a defined position? No, he doesn't. What kind of player will he be? Maybe [he will be similar to Arizona Cardinals linebacker] Deone Bucannon."
- Baltimore native/ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. Feb. 17 on what the Ravens might do in the first round if they don't select a cornerback
"Overall graduation rate and academics, because I was raised in a family where education is the main thing, and everything else comes second. I just want to make sure I get my education, because maybe one day basketball might not pan out, and I'll have a backup plan for myself."
- Mount St. Joseph star forward/Maryland recruiting target Jalen Smith Feb. 23 on what is most important to him in making his college decision
"It's open competition. The good news is, although they [were] true freshmen, [Tyrrell Pigrome and Max Bortenschlager], they both have game experience. They both played this year for us. It's neck-and-neck. They're going to have every opportunity to go win the job -- and equal opportunity. And then you mix in [junior] Caleb Henderson, who's a transfer for us. … There's no separation or deciding factor yet. That's what spring ball is for, and to be honest with you, that'll carry on into preseason camp. Because then we have Kasim [Hill] coming in as a freshman; he's going to have an opportunity to compete for us as well. The good news is I think we're really talented at the position."
- Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin Feb. 27 on how the team's quarterback battle shapes up
Issue 231: March 2017