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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.


Terps on College Football Live

By Ben Linton

Today, the state of Maryland was discussed in the 50 State Tour¬† on College Football Live early today. Analysts discussed the top players, coaches, and games in the history of Maryland Football. They also had Coach Ralph Friedgen on the show to talk about Terps Football and his astounding weight loss (click here). Since I can only remember players from so far back, let’s take a look at my Top 10 players and Top 5 games in Maryland Football in the past 10 years.


10. Domonique Foxworth (2001-2004 CB) – Foxworth was a shut down corner, accumulating eight interceptions in his career. He could also come up and make tackles, amassing 135 in his career. He had a breakout Sophomore campaign, where he had five interceptions, 54 tackles, and a fumble return for a touchdown. He now starts for the Baltimore Ravens.

9. Steve Suter (2002-2005 WR)- Suter was definately not the biggest player on the field, at 5’9 weighing only 195 pounds, but boy was he quick. Suter holds many Maryland records as a punt returner, with six career TDs. The guy was just amazing to watch as other teams would hold their breath every time he got the ball.

8. Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006-2009 WR) – Heyward-Bey is one of the fastest players to ever play at Maryland, clocking in at 4.23 in the 40 yard dash. He used a perfect blend of size, speed, and agility to collect 2,089 recieving yards and 14 touchdowns in his illustrious career as a Terp. He was selected 7th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

7. Scott McBrien (2002-2004 QB)- After transferring from West Virginia, McBrien was a star in his two years at Maryland. He led the Terps to its first bowl win since 1985 against Tennessee in the Peach Bowl, and followed that up with a Gator Bowl win over West Virginia the following season. McBrien threw for 5,169 yards and 34 touchdowns in the red and white.

6. Shaun Hill (2000-2002 QB) Hill led Maryland to the Orange Bowl in one of the most amazing seasons in Maryland history. He tossed for 2,380 yards and 13 TDs that year as the Terps won ten games that year. He now starts for the San Fransisco 49ers in the NFL.

5. Vernon Davis (2003-2005 TE)- Vernon “Cyborg” Davis was certainly a body of work, this guy was huge. He could easily break tackles and throw defenders to the ground. He gained 1,371 yards and scored six TDs in his career as a Terp in two seasons of starting. He now plays with Hill in San Fransisco.

4. D’Qwell Jackson (2002-2005 MLB)- D’Qwell Jackson had a very prominent career at Maryland, collecting 443 tackles as a Terp. Jackson also had ten sacks and could play coverage, accumulating six interceptions as a Terp. He now plays for the Cleveland Browns, and led them in tackles last season with 115.

3. Shawne Merriman (2002-2004 DE)- Shawne Merriman was not only “lights out” for the Chargers, he also was as a Terp. Merriman amassed 189 tackles and 22 sacks in the red and white. He could really fly off the edge and lay the big hit on an unsuspecting victim. That success has also carried over to the NFL, as Merriman is now a pro-bowler.

2. E.J. Henderson (1999-2002 MLB)- Henderson won the ACC Defensive Player of the year in 2001 as a Junior and the Butkus and Bednarik as a senior in 2002 . He finished his career with 424 tackles, 16.5 sacks, and three INTs. Henderson also had an important fumble return in 2001 in a big game against Georgia Tech. He now starts for the Vikings.

1. LaMont Jordan (1997-2000 RB)- Let’s face it: LaMont Jordan was out of this world in college. In 1999, He rushed for 1,740 yards and 16 TDs, and against Virginia he rushed for 306¬† yards and 2 TDs, a Maryland record. At a time in Maryland Football where the Terps were struggling, Jordan was one of the few bright spots to watch. Jordan has played in the NFL for the Jets, Raiders, and Patriots.


5. 2001 at Georgia Tech, 20-17 Win– In Ralph Friedgen’s first season as Terrapin Head Coach, the Terps got off to a big 5-0 start and could become bowl eligable with a win in Atlanta on Thursday night. Down 14-17, Nick Novak made a career long 46-yard field goal as time expired to send it into overtime. In overtime, Novak made a 26 yard field goal and Georgia Tech Running Back Joe Burns fumbled to give the Terps the win and become bowl eligable.

4. 2003 at NC State, 26-24 Win– Down 23-24 with 2 minutes left, Leroy Ambush put a big hit on T.A. McLendon to force a fumble and the Terps recovered. Then Nick Novak hit a 43-yard field goal with 23 seconds left to give the Terps the win and send NC State (Especially Phillip Rivers) home crying.

3. 2002 vs. Tennessee, 30-3 Win– In the 2002 Peach Bowl, Maryland crushed Tennessee to give the Terps their first bowl win since 1985. It also capped off another 10-win season for Maryland, when they would accumulate three seasons in a row of such wins.

2. 2001 at NC State, Win 23-19– With this win, Maryland clinched its first ACC title in 16 years. But it did not come easy. Shaun Hill hit Guilian Gary for an eight-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds remaining for the Terps to complete the dream season. It was the first time somebody besides Florida State had won the ACC since the Seminoles joined the league.

1. 2004 vs. Florida State, Win 20-17– The Seminoles came into the game with a 14 game winning streak against Maryland and a number five ranking in the nation, but Maryland was unphased. Josh Allen scored on a 72-yard screen pass and with 1:27 left, Chris Rix’s 4th down desperation pass sailed high of his intended reciever and the celebration began. Fans stormed the field and players rejoiced in celebration. It was simply the best game I have ever been to.

Well, that’s it. leave your comments and let me know what you think.

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