The first time Maryland offensive line coach Tom Brattan visited Monacan (Va.) High School to talk to Justin Gilbert, they did not meet.
Gilbert was not feeling well.
But Brattan, now in his 12th year at Maryland, came back a few weeks later to speak with Gilbert and impressed the offensive lineman, who would later commit to the Terrapins.
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“He’s one of those guys who comes off as a great guy and he is,” Gilbert said of Brattan. “He’s not going to feed you lines. He’ll tell you how it is. That’s probably the biggest thing I liked about him.”
Four decades ago, Brattan, a native of Newark, Del., graduated from Delaware with a history degree and a year of playing experience at center for the Blue Hens. Five years later, he earned his Master’s degree in education from the school. He taught and coached at the high school level until 1983, when he became an assistant coach at William & Mary.
Peter White, a junior offensive lineman, said Brattan’s teaching background is evident in his coaching style.
“Brattan is very organized and because he’s so organized, it has really helped me a lot in school,” White said. “He stresses taking notes in here and that rubs off in other areas.”
“He’s going to push you to be the best player that you can possibly be,” senior Bennett Fulper said.
Brattan spent time at Northwestern and Stanford before he came to College Park. He’s been around the block and understands the time constraints some coaches put on themselves with 100-work weeks, although he likes to strike a better life balance.
“You got to make free time. You can’t do it 24/7,” Brattan said of coaching. “Although, you obviously like it or you wouldn’t do it. If it’s not a passion for you, then it’s probably not the right profession because the hours are absurd sometimes. It’s just the nature of the profession.”
Brattan mentioned that the three true freshmen who received playing time on the line at Maryland — Stephon Heyer, Bruce Campbell and Jared Gaither — all went on to play professionally.
Head coach Randy Edsall said he was pleased that he was able to retain the venerable offensive line coach.
“Tom’s an excellent coach,” Edsall said. “Tom’s been around the game for a long, long time. Tom has a tremendous energy level and [is] a very knowledgeable guy that relates well to the players. Tom just does a good job. He’s a good teacher. The kids respect him. I was just very happy [and] very fortunate that I could keep him onboard.”
Boston College (1-1)
• The Eagles thumped Maine 34-3 at home as junior quarterback Chase Rettig was 16 of 32 passing for 219 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
“Chase was fine. He had a winning effort,” BC coach Frank Spaziani said after the game. “He’s a good player but he made a few mistakes that we need not to make. We need him to be almost perfect. That’s what we’re looking for.”
Next Game: vs. Northwestern Sept. 15
• The Tigers offense continued to cruise, as the Tigers beat Ball State 52-27. DeAndre Hopkins caught three touchdowns in the second quarter, Andre Ellington rushed for two scores and Spencer Benton kicked a 61-yard field goal.
• Benton’s 61-yard FG broke the ACC record. The record was previously held by Florida State’s Gary Cismesia with a 60-yarder in 2007.
• Sammy Watkins returns Saturday for the potent Clemson offense. He’ll be on the field when the Tigers host Furman – an appetizer before the team visits Florida State in its fourth game.
Next Game: vs. Furman Sept. 15
• No. 25 Stanford knocked off Duke 50-13. Josh Nunes filled in ably for Andrew Luck, although Nunes has a tougher task coming up against USC.
Next Game: vs. N.C. Central Sept. 15
Florida State (2-0)
• FSU led Savannah State 55-0 with 8:59 left in the third quarter. The remainder of the game was called off. The Noles 48 first-half points were its most since it posted 56 against Tulane in 1992.
• The season is young, but the Seminoles have looked impressive. FSU is third in the nation in points scored (62.5) and points against (1.5).
Next Game: vs. Wake Forest Sept. 15
Georgia Tech (1-1)
• Georgia Tech cruised past Presbyterian 59-3 as it racked up 712 total offense yards, a mark was second in the GT record book. The Yellow Jackets rushed for a total of 469 yards.
Next Game: vs. Virginia Sept. 15
• The Terps scored a solid number of points — compared to the offensive output in the team’s 7-6 win against William & Mary — as it took down Temple 36-27.
• Perry Hills played his best game to date, finishing 11 for 21 with two touchdown tosses and no interceptions. Hills’ performance injected Maryland fans with a dose of optimism.
Next Game: vs. Connecticut Sept. 15
Miami (Fla.) (1-1)
• Miami coach Al Golden said a week ago that Hurricanes faced a tremendous task against a talented Kansas State team on the road. He wasn’t kidding. The No. 21 Wildcats trounced Miami 52-13 at Snyder Stadium.
“They were excellent. They beat us in all three phases,” Golden said. “They outplayed us, outcoached us, starting with me, and that’s it. No excuses. They deserved to win.”
• Miami has a prime opportunity to hop back above .500 as it hosts Bethune Cookman on Saturday. The team then travels to Atlanta for an important conference showdown against Georgia Tech.
Next Game: vs. Bethune Cookman Sept. 15
North Carolina (1-1)
• The Tar Heels led by three points after three quarters, but couldn’t hold on in the fourth as they lost 28-27 to Wake Forest as Larry Fedora’s team has now allowed 84 points in eight quarters.
Next Game: vs. No. 19 Louisville Sept. 15
NC State (1-1)
• In the third quarter, Bryan Underwood connected on a 46-yard touchdown with quarterback Mike Glennon as the Wolfpack beat Connecticut 10-7.
• NC State picked off UConn quarterback Chandler Witmer three times. David Amerson nabbed his 14th career interception and is two shy of tying the school record.
Next Game: vs. South Alabama Sept. 15
• The Cavaliers squeezed past Penn State 17-16. Michael Rocco found Jake McGee for a 6-yard touchdown with 1:28 to play. Penn State’s Sam Ficken missed four field goals, including a 43-yarder as time expired, in the losing effort.
Next Game: at Georgia Tech Sept. 15
Virginia Tech (2-0)
• The Hokies handled business at home, defeating Austin Peay 42-7.
Next Game: vs. Pittsburgh Sept. 15
Wake Forest (2-0)
• Tanner Price threw for a career-high 327 passing yards and scored on a quarterback sneak with a bit more than two minutes remaining as the Demon Deacons rallied to defeat UNC 28-27.
• Wide receiver Michael Campanaro had a solid game, finishing with 13 catches for 164 yards.
Next Game: vs. No. 5 Florida State Sept. 15
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