Friedgen speaks highly of new defensive coordinator

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said one of the recommendations he received on behalf of former Massachussets coach Don Brown compared Brown to Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

If that's the case, Friedgen just made a great hire for defensive coordinator, albeit at the expense of assistant Al Seamonson, who named the interim coordinator for the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl. Maryland's defense played well against Nevada's offense in the Terps' 42-35 win, but Seamonson will return to his post with the linebackers.

Friedgen said he assumed Seamonson will remain on staff.

"I would love for Al to stay,” Friedgen said. "He's been an integral part of our staff since I've been here. I thought he did a very good job in our bowl game. I would want Al to be a part of our staff and consider him a very important part of our staff.”

Brown will coach the cornerbacks, and Friedgen said he is excited about Brown's recruiting ties in the Northeast.

"I felt that he would be a very good additon to our staff," Friedgen said of Brown in a teleconference this afternoon. "I thought from a personality standpoint he'd fit in well, but as far as organization and leadership this is really what I was looking for, somebody that would take charge. He knows what he wants to do and how do it."

Kevin Lempa will coach the safeties.

Friedgen said he hasn't gotten much further in replacing special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Danny Pearman, who was hired at Clemson. Friedgen said he has a lot of applicants but wanted to concentrate on recruiting and hiring the defensive coordinator first.

Friedgen also said fullback Cory Jackson will probably miss spring practices, along with linebacker Alex Wujciak, both of whom had knee operations after the bowl game. They are the only two starters expected to miss the spring.