Terps Seniors Set to Play Spoiler Role

16 seniors will try to end their career at Byrd with a win

As the Terps walked off of the field last Saturday night, the fact that they had lost their ticket to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game was exacerbated only by their victors’ comments.

The Florida State Seminoles players wished them luck in this week’s contest against North Carolina State – not in hopes that they would end their season with a win, but to assure their own place atop the ACC Atlantic Division.

Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien said the entire situation was just weird, as their fate lies in their hands. Head coach Ralph Friedgen, on the other hand, said they are not in the business of doing Florida State any favors; this is simply an attempt at earning the Terps their eighth win of the season.

“We’re not winning this game for FSU; we’re winning this game for Maryland,” he said.

A win over No. 23 N.C. State would assure the Terps second place in the Atlantic Division, but more importantly, a chance for the seniors to end their careers on a positive note.

Sixteen seniors will be honored before their matchup, including: Adrian Moten, Antwine Perez, LaQuan Williams, Adrian Cannon, Kevin Brown, Drew Gloster, Michael Carter, Mike Salvatico, Alex Wujciak, Travis Baltz, Ted Townsley, Paul Pinegar, Emani Lee-Odai, Joey McQueeney and Will Yeatman.

“This is a special bunch of seniors. The leadership they have provided this year to get this team where it is – to me, it is one of my favorite groups. I would love to see them go out as winners the last time playing at Byrd Stadium,” Friedgen said.

Friedgen stressed that he and this group of seniors have rode quite the rollercoaster. After coming up short in the Emerald Bowl in 2007, an all-time worse two-win season in 2009 and two seasons of falling a game short of the ACC Champion Game, Friedgen said they deserve to go to the best bowl possible.

Still possible postseason destinations include the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Hyundai Sun Bowl, Meineke Car Care bowl, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Advocare V100 Independence Bowl and Military Bowl, which happens to be played down the road at RFK Stadium.

The difference, according to Friedgen, will be this week; an 8-4 record is going to be more attractive than a 7-5 record. And after prevailing in flip flopping a 2-10 record into a bowl-eligible team, a win this week would be a fitting ending to their story.

“To me, it’s a feel good story if we end up 8-4 with the possibility of winning nine games. That’s a pretty big accomplishment for our team,” Friedgen said. To his team, his message was: “You don’t deserve to be 7-5. You’ve worked too hard to do that. If there is any justice in the world, you need to go out and play and win this game.”

It is only right that come Thanksgiving time, the Terps are blending all the right ingredients to spoil N.C. State’s Cinderella season. Senior Day, combined with their solid 4-1 record at Byrd Stadium, mixed with a sense of pride to complete the turnaround, makes for a dangerous game for the Wolfpack.

Running back Da’Rel Scott may have put it best, saying, “As seniors, we just got to try and go out with a bang.”

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