Posts Tagged ‘Alex Wujciak

03
Dec
10

Maryland Athletic Director Speaks on Bowl Situation

By Ben Linton

Here is the video from the new Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson’s speech about the football team’s bowl situation. Anderson first congradulated the Terps for its 8-4 season, in which Ralph Friedgen and Danny O’Brien were awarded by the ACC as Coach and Rookie of the Year. He also stated that Maryland will not know it’s bowl destination until Sunday.

Maryland also had other players be awarded by the ACC for their achievements this season. Wide Receiver Torrey Smith, Punt Returner Tony Logan, Linebacker Alex Wujciak, and Safety Kenny Tate all received first team all-ACC Honors this season. Smith led the Terps in receiving with 65 receptions for 1,065, while posting school records this year in touchdown receptions (12) and all-purpose yardage (5,183). Logan led the ACC in punt returns with and 18.8 yard average, which is also good for third in the FBS. He returned two punts for touchdowns this season as a Junior. Tate and Wujciak led the defense in averaging 22.3 points against per game, ranking 6th in the ACC, and improvement from last year’s 11th place finish.

Defensive Lineman Joe Vellano was named to second-team all ACC, while offensive Lineman Paul Pinegar was granted an Honorable-Mention Selection. Check back on Sunday when Maryland finds out their bowl destination.

29
Nov
10

From 2-10 to 8-4: A Tribute To The 2010 Maryland Seniors

Torrey Smith hauls in the third of his four touchdown receptions against the Wolfpack.

By Ben Linton

With a 38 to 31 win over North Carolina State, the Maryland Terrapins finished a terrific season, in which they turned their win total around by six games and became bowl eligible. A lot of Maryland’s success this season can be attributed to the play of it’s Seniors, who took the field at Byrd Stadium for one final time on Saturday. Often times when you hear coaches talk about their group of seniors, they always say, “They have overcome so much adversity in their time here.” I feel like that statement is too cliche and used to much in situations when it is not needed. This is not one of those cases.

As a college football player, overcoming adversity usually happens following a loss. But when you lose 10 games in one season, the stress just mounts and can be hard to handle. What this group gave Maryland this year was just a chance, a chance to play in the ACC Title Game. Although the Terps didn’t make these dreams come true with a loss last week, just the fact that they were in the conversation is truly amazing and gratifying to these group of student-athletes. Maryland has increased their win total by five games so far this season, and have already clinched a bowl-berth. Tomorrow they will play for each other, for pride, and for a better bowl. Here’s a look at some of the seniors that have made success this season possible:

Adrian Cannon- Wide Reciever

Cannon made an impact as a sophomore in his first career start in the Humanitarian Bowl, where he caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Chris Turner en route to a Terps victory. Last year as a junior, he hauled in 44 passes for 468 and 4 touchdowns. In his final season in College Park, Cannon has 36 receptions, 324 yards, and one touchdown. At 6’2, 204 lbs., Cannon is a physical receiver with good hands and is hard to bring down. His signature play will be a screen pass where he overpowers the corner with a stiff arm and runs for a first down. He will be missed.

Adrian Moten- Linebacker


Moten made the play of the year for the Terps in the first game of the season vs. Navy. With Navy at Maryland’s goal line, Moten leaped over the line and sacked Ricky Dobbs, forcing a fumble that Maryland would recover. He looked like superman on that play, and has made many other superb athletic plays this year for the Terps. He will end his career with 200 tackles, 2 fumbles forced, and 6 interceptions (4 this season.) He has great potential to become an NFL player, and with hard work he can get there.

Antwine Perez- Safety

Perez really broke out in his senior campaign making big plays and big hits as at the safety position for Don Brown’s defense. In 2009, he posed 34 tackles in a reserve role. He played all 12 games this year as a starter, and made the most of it, collecting 61 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and a sack. He will not go unnoticed in this year’s NFL draft and will be able to find himself a spot on an NFL roster next year.

Da’Rel Scott- Running Back

After the great years of having Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore in the backfield for the Terps, Scott knew coming in that he had some big shoes to fill. What Scott had that previous Maryland tailbacks did not was breakaway speed. Scott is probably the fastest running back Maryland has had since Bruce Perry, and his speed killed in 2008 when he had all All-ACC season, running for 1,133 yards with 8 touchdowns as a sophomore. Scott has battled injuries and split time with other Maryland running backs since, but has still had a great career as a Terp. He finishes his career with 2,201 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.

Alex Wujciak- Linebacker

If there is any player on the Maryland team that personifies this year’s defense, its Alex Wujciak. A two-time All-ACC selection, Wujciak has been high in the charts in tackles the past three seasons, and is one of the best playmakers at linebacker in the college game. He is a sure tackler with surprising speed for his size, and has four career interceptions, two going for touchdowns. He will be greatly missed next year in the middle of the defense, and it has been a pleasure to watch him make plays for the Terps.

Other notable seniors include: P/K Travis Baltz, DL Drew Gloster, WR Emani Lee-Odai, OL Paul Pinegar, WR La’Quan Williams

Thank you for a wonderful season and some great memories, Seniors.

03
Dec
09

Wujciak and Smith Earn All-ACC Honors

By Ben Linton

Maryland Linebacker Alex Wujciak and Wide Reciever Torrey Smith were named as All-ACC First and Second Team selections.

Wujciak was selected to first team and lead the Terps with 131 tackles (10.9 per game), which was good for second in the ACC and eighth in the nation. He also had two interceptions for 152 yards.

Smith was selected to the second team as a receiver and a returner. He collected 61 passes for 824 yards and 5 touchdowns. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and racked up 1,309 yards. He broke the Maryland single-season all-purpose yard record with 2,192 yards.

This shows promise for the future, as both these stars will be back next season to build on their success.

07
Nov
09

NC State Survives Shootout With Maryland, 38-31

 

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Sadly, I could not find any pictures from today's contest

 

By Ben Linton

Same result, different game. Maryland (2-7), losers of four straight, gave North Carolina State their first ACC win in Raleigh today by a score of 38-31.

On paper this was an NC State beat down, but a special teams TD and Defensive TD by Maryland kept it close. Maryland also suffered a loss when Chris Turner went down just before half time, as backup QB Jamarr Robinson played the whole second half.

  • The Maryland Defense allowed NC State to amass 482 total yards of  offense (343 passing) and 31 first downs.
  • However, they did force four turnovers, three interceptions by Kenny Tate, Richard Taylor, and Alex Wujciak. Wujciak took his to the house for 70 yards. Toney Logan recovered an NC State muffed punt.
  • Maryland could only score 7 points off these turnovers. Nick Ferrara had one kick blocked, and missed a 47 yarder.
  • Maryland’s WR Torrey Smith had 268 yards of total offense, highlighted by a 82 yard kick return touchdown.

Although this has nothing to do with the actual game played on the field, I am dissapointed at the lack of publicity Maryland is getting this year. Almost every Maryland game except for Clemson and California has been broadcasted on ESPN360.

Now I have ESPN360 so I can watch all these games, but how many Maryland fans do? I’m not saying every Maryland game should be on ESPN, but there should at least be a Maryland Sports Network or something so these fans can watch their team.

Next week Maryland plays their “blackout” game against Virginia Tech. But how can it be a black out if the game is at 1 pm? And to no surprise, it will be broadcasted on ESPN360. This just doesn’t make any sense.




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