HAWKS TRAVELOGUE: Viera Hawks Land In D.C., Practice at University of Maryland Terrapins Facilities
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // August 31, 2017
HAWKS ENJOYING THE NATION'S CAPITAL
SPACE COAST DAILY ON THE ROAD WITH THE VIERA HAWKS: Space Coast Daily’s Alan Zlotorzynski is live on the Campus of College Park where the Maryland Terrapins play. After departing Orlando International Airport and enjoying a great flight to Washington DC, the Viera Hawks are using the Terp’s facilities for their final practice for Friday night’s game against Gonzaga, which is you can watch right here on Space Coast Daily TV beginning at 6:30 p.m.
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Space Coast Daily ssts down with Viera Team Dr. Mark Pinsky, PT Professional’s Dr. Daryl Jacobs and Viera QB Club Garrett Lamp.
COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND — The Viera Hawks know a thing or two about final practices before big games.
Since the start of 2015 season the Hawks are 19-8 and during that span Viera has won six playoff games, a state regional final and was the Class 7A state runner-up in 2015.
While high school football is big time in the sunshine state and many in Brevard County and several on the Hawks team are already committed to play big-time college football, the opportunity to watch a Power 5, Big 10 Conference team prepare for their first game of the season is likely something the 2017 Hawks will never forget.
Viera has been invited to attend the Maryland Terrapins final walk-through practice at their College Park campus prior to leaving to play another big-time college football team, the Texas Longhorns on Saturday in College Station, Texas.
After going just 3-9 in 2015, the Terps took a step forward in 2016 under then new head coach DJ Durkin. While Maryland did finish fourth in the Big Ten East division with a 6-7 (3-6 in BIG 10) record, the Terrapins were invited to the Quick Lane Bowl, where they lost 36-30 to Boston College of the ACC.
For many of the Hawks what they will see here today is just a preview of what they will experience starting as early as next season for players like senior linebacker, Brandon Mays.
Following a lengthy recruiting process and trips to schools like Boston College and the Naval Academy, Mays committed to play big-time college football for the United States Military Academy at West Point and is there a bigger game than Army vs. Navy every December?
The visit is scheduled to take place at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, which is nestled in the corner of the University of Maryland’s campus.
The stadium has been home to national championship football and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, and to more than 50 ACC track and field champions. It served as the host to the Queen of England at a football game,
While this may be exciting for the Hawks, let’s not forget that Maryland head coach DJ Durkin is likely more thrilled than the Hawks players.
After all, Durkin and the Terrapins get to host one of the top tier teams from one of the three top high school football states in the country and if first impressions are as important as they once were, Durkin and his staff are hosting a lot of uncommitted talented future college football players on an “unofficial visit” — make the most of it coach.
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