The three lessons Randy Edsall learned from his forgettable first year in College Park, he said, come from an old Clint Eastwood movie: “ ‘Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.’ I don’t remember the name of it, but those are the three things,” he said, leaning back in a leather recliner in his office at Gossett Team House.
The movie was 1986’s “Heartbreak Ridge.” The plot, as summarized at IMDB.com: a hard-nosed Marine gunnery sergeant “clashes with his superiors . . . as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.”
Sounds reminiscent of the 2011 college football season, when Gunnery Sgt. Edsall made those miscreant Maryland kids remove their earrings, take off their hats when indoors and shape up or ship out.
And boy, did they ever ship out — 23 of them, basically the equivalent of an entire recruiting class, including Danny O’Brien, last September’s starting quarterback, to Wisconsin.
Oh, at ease, Terrapins Nation: Your football team already has won as many games in two weeks as it won all of last season. If Maryland can beat a team full of Edsall’s former recruits on Saturday at Byrd Stadium, it will move to 3-0 for the first time since 2001, Ralph Friedgen’s first year.