Gameday: NC State vs. Maryland

NC State (3-3, 2-1) faces Maryland (4-2, 1-1) today in a huge conference game for both teams.

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NC State (3-3) vs. Maryland (4-2)
Saturday, October 21, 2006
12:00 pm Byrd Stadium
College Park, MD

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Game Notes

Injury Report

Reggie Davis, LB -
neck strain
Daniel Evans - concussion

Demario Pressley, DT -
wrist injury

James Martin, LB -
wrist injury



NC State Game Notes


  • Chuck Amato is 11-13 on the road in ACC games.
  • The Wolfpack has won two straight games against Maryland after dropping the four prior contests.
  • Daniel Evans is third in the ACC for passing yards-per-game in conference games. He was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week after the Florida St. game.
  • Andre Brown is averaging 87 rushing yards-per-game against ACC teams, the fourth best mark in the league.

    NC State and Maryland has been a close rivarly over the years, and the Wolfpack holds a 30-28-4 record since the series began in 1909. Maryland leads the series 14-13-1 in College Park, Md.

    The Wolfpack has won the last two meetings after Maryland took the previous four contests since Chuck Amato became NC State's head coach in 2000. Amato holds a 1-2 mark against Maryland in College Park, Md., including the last meeting, 13-3, in 2004. NC State holds a 3-2 mark in its last five visits and has won six of the last 10 meetings in Maryland.

    NC State and Maryland staged an important battle in the last game of the regular season a year ago as both teams were 5-5 with the winner going to a bowl game. Tailback Toney Baker rushed for 65 yards and the go-ahead touchdown and cornerback Marcus Hudson (now with the San Francisco 49ers) picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown in the 20- 14 Wolfpack win.

    With the Wolfpack's highly regarded defense leading the way, NC State downed Maryland 13-3 in the last meeting at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. on October 16, 2004. The defense allowed just five Terrapins' first downs and 91 total yards (24 passing), with 60 of those yards and four first downs coming on Maryland's first drive of the game.

    The last six contests between NC State and Maryland (four of which the Wolfpack has lost) have all gone down to the wire, with the average margin of victory being just 5.3 points. NC State's 10-point win in 2004 was the largest margin in the last six games.

    In 2000, the teams went into doubleovertime in College Park before State fell, 28-35. In 2001, the Terrapins scored with under a minute remaining to win 23-19 and in 2002, Maryland kicked a field goal with 34 seconds remaining to take their first and final lead: 24-21. In 2003, after missing an extra point to tie the game for Maryland, the Terrapin placekicker booted a 43-yard field goal with just 23 seconds remaining to give his squad a 26-24 victory.

    In 2004, the Wolfpack won by 10 by dominating the Terrapins defensively. NC State won by six, 20-14, last season to become bowl eligible in the final game of the season.

    Before NC State trailed, 7-3, at the half in last season's game against Maryland, NC State had led in the previous five meetings with the Terps at the intermission.

    State led 21-6 in 2000, 9-3 in 2001, 14-7 in 2002, 14-10 in 2003 and 10-0 in 2004. However, NC State won just one of those contests.

    NC State has lost just six games during Chuck Amato's tenure when leading at the half and four of those losses have been against Maryland.

    In his first three starts at quarterback, redshirt sophomore Daniel Evans has not only defeated two ranked ACC opponents, but he has done so with solid numbers. Evans, who was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his play against Florida State, ranks eighth overall in passing efficiency (122.2) in the conference. In ACC games only, Evans is third in passing yards-per-game (189.7) and seventh in efficiency (117.8). He has completed 57-of-101 passes for 666 yards with five touchdowns and three picks on the season.

    In ACC contests only, Evans is 49-of- 90 for 569 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

    If you discount the first two games of the season in which he played only as the holder on placekicks, he would be averaging 166.5 passing yards-pergame, a mark that would rank seventh overall in the ACC.

    Despite the loss to Wake Forest on Saturday, NC State is in a three-way tie for second place in the Atlantic division with the Demon Deacons and Boston College, only a half game behind division leader Clemson.

    The Wolfpack is just one of five ACC teams to have a winning record in conference play at this point in the season.

    Chuck Amato has now coached in 51 ACC contests since taking over the Wolfpack program in 2000, posting a 25-26 record in those contests. In 29 of those 51 games, the final outcome has been decided by a touchdown (seven points) or less, 33 have been decided by eight points or less and 37 have been decided by 10 points or less.

    Amato is 11-13 on the road in ACC matchups and in 14 of those 24 games the score has differed by seven points or less, with NC State posting a 6-8 record in those games.

    His ACC record includes a 14-13 mark at home and the Wolfpack has lost just four conference games by double digits at home in the past seven years. In 14 home ACC wins, six have been by double digits, and the other eight have been by seven or less points, including the two-point win over BC and the fourpoint triumph over FSU.

    Under Amato, NC State has lost by 20-or-more points just three times and by more than 10 points just seven times in ACC games.

    The team has had its struggles in the redzone this season on both sides of the ball. Heading into the Florida St. game, NC State had made just seven trips into the redzone and scored five times (four TDs, one FG). The defense had allowed 14 scores (nine TDs and five FGs) in 16 chances inside the 20-yardline.

    Those numbers took a backseat to the impressive performance from the Wolfpack team against the Seminoles and Demon Deacons inside the redzone. The offense produced a season-high five trips inside the redzone against FSU and scored three touchdowns and a field goal while the defense allowed three trips and held them to just one touchdown and two field goals.

    Against Wake Forest, the Wolfpack offense scored three touchdowns and a field goal in its four trips into the redzone while limiting the Demon Deacons to one trip (a a touchdown run) inside the 20-yardline.

    Both games marked the only times this season that NC State had more trips inside the redzone than its opponent. NC State has scored on nine of its 10 redzone trips, the third best mark in the ACC for conference games only.

    NC State has played five of its first six games at home this season, and that means that four of the last six will be played on the road. The last time the Pack was fortunate enough to begin the season with so many home contests was in 1998, when NC State also played five of the first six at home en route to a 4-2 start. That same season was also the last time NC State opened its ACC schedule with three straight at home, (NC State's 2006 conference slate opened with Boston College, Florida State and Wake Forest all visiting Carter-Finley before the Pack is forced to hit the road for an ACC affair).

    This season marked the seventh straight that Amato opened the season at home.

    Since Daniel Evans took over at quarterback for his first career start against Boston College, NC State has averaged 331.3 yards-per-game over those three games. All three contests were against league foes, and the average yards-per-game rank third in conference games only. Overall on the season the team is still eighth in the ACC in total offense at 300.0 yards-per-game, but averaged just 268.7 yards-per-game in the first three games of the season.

    Since the start of the college football season seven weeks ago, only 10 times in seven weeks did a unranked team knock off a ranked opponent in the AP polls, and NC State has done it twice. When the Wolfpack beat Boston College it became just the fourth unranked team all season to that point to defeat a ranked team before knocking off Florida State for its second win over a ranked team in as many games.

    NC State is happy to see the start of the second quarter. The team has scored just 12 points in the first quarter all season and has converted on only 3-of-19 (.158) third down plays.

    Wolfpack opponents have scored on its opening drive in four straight games and NC State is being outscored 26-12 in the opening frame.

    While Andre Brown may have more career yards, fellow sophomore tailback Toney Baker has the same number of career touchdowns with nine (eight rushing and one receiving). Baker had two rushing touchdowns and 57 yards rushing against Wake Forest, including a rumbling 13 yard run that pulled NC State within two points with just over five minutes left in the game. It was his third multiple rushing touchdown game of his career after he scored three (two rushing and one receiving) touchdowns against Eastern Kentucky, and two more against North Carolina.

    Baker has 259 yards and is averaging 43.2 yards rushing a game this season with three touchdowns.

    Maybe going against the Wolfpack's sack happy defense (currently sixth in the ACC with 14 sacks) has helped NC State's offensive line protect the quarterback this season. Through the first six games the Pack O-Line has allowed just seven sacks, an average of less than 1.2 per game. The seven sacks allowed is tied for third best in the league this season overall and tied for first in ACC games only by allowing just three sacks in three conference games.

    The line more than doubled that last season, giving up an average of 2.9 sacks-per-game last season The offensive line coach is Pat Meyer, who in his first season with the line after serving six seasons in strength and conditioning for the Wolfpack.

    Six different Wolfpack players have led the team in catches this season, with senior Lamart Barrett being the latest to do so with five catches for 47 yards against Wake Forest.

    Junior wide receiver Darrell Blackman caught three passes for 26 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Appalachian St., and junior tight end Anthony Hill snared career-highs of seven catches for 82 yards in the Akron game.

    Freshman wide receiver Donald Bowens (4-76-1), junior wideout John Dunlap (4-33-1) and Hill (4-21-0) tied for the team lead against Southern Miss. Dunlap snared four catches for 79 yards, including the game-winning 34- yard touchdown with 8.5 seconds left against Boston College.

    Redshirt freshman Geron James caught four balls for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Florida State game to set career-highs in catches and yards.

    NC State Two-Deep Depth Chart

    2006 NC State Depth Chart
    7Daniel Evans6-2/191So.*
    9Marcus Stone6-4/236Jr.*
    10Justin Burke6-2/195Fr.
    24 Andre Brown 6-0/232So.
    28 Jamelle Eugene 5-10/202Fr.*
    22 Toney Baker 5-10/228So.
    22 Toney Baker 5-10/228So.
    46 Pat Bedics 6-0/249Jr.*
    37 John Kane 5-9/239So.
    'X' Wide Receiver
    1John Dunlap6-2/210Jr.
    88 Geron James 6-4/185 Fr.*
    'Z' Wide Receiver
    80 Donald Bowens 6-3/195Fr.
    13 Lamart Barrett 6-1/190Sr.
    Tight End
    83 Anthony Hill 6-6/277Jr.
    89 Matt Kushner 6-4/241Fr.*
    Left Tackle
    78 James Newby6-5/295Sr.*
    61 Julian Williams 6-5/292Fr.*
    54 Merci Falaise 6-5/292Sr.*
    Left Guard
    69 Kalani Heppe6-3/300Jr.*
    64 Leroy Harris 6-3/300Sr.*
    66 Yomi Ojo6-4/320Jr.*
    64 Leroy Harris 6-3/300Sr.*
    72 Luke Lathan 6-4/292Jr.*
    74 Andy Barbee6-3/290Fr.*
    Right Guard
    76 Curtis Crouch 6-5/344So.
    60 Meares Green6-4/295So.*
    61 Andrew Redfern 6-2/288So.*
    Right Tackle
    79 Jon Holt 6-6/296Sr.*
    60 Meares Green6-4/295So.*
    50 Jeraill McCuller6-7/342Fr.*

    Special Teams
    Place Kicker
    12John Deraney6-4/224Sr.*
    12John Deraney6-4/224Sr.*
    Long Snapper
    85William Lee6-2/235Sr.*
    19Daniel Evans6-2/191So.*
    Kick Returner
    28 Jamelle Eugene 5-10/202Fr.*
    24 Andre Brown 6-0/232So.
    Punt Returner
    6Levin Neal 5-10/191So.
    Right Defensive End
    41 Martrel Brown 6-2/290Jr.*
    97 Willie Young 6-5/230Fr.*
    55 John Amanchukwu 6-4/283Sr.*
    Right Defensive Tackle
    92 DeMario Pressley 6-4/293Jr.
    49 Alan-Michael Cash 6-0/291Fr.*
    73 Gerard Miller 6-3/292So.*
    Left Defensive Tackle
    72 DeMarcus "Tank" Tyler 6-2/305Sr.
    91 Teddy Larsen 6-2/285Fr.*
    93 John Bedics 6-4/283So.*
    Left Defensive End
    33 Ray Brooks 6-3/285So.*
    98 Littleton Wright 6-6/244Jr.*
    11 Audi Augustin 6-2/250Fr.
    Weakside Linebacker
    20 Reggie Davis 6-0/246Sr.
    43 Ray Michel 6-0/224Fr.*
    45 John Ware 5-10/210Fr.
    Middle Linebacker
    42 Patrick Lowery 6-1/242Sr.*
    48 Avery Vogt 6-2/225Fr.*
    56 Nate Irving 6-3/210Fr.*
    Strongside Linebacker
    52 LeRue Rumph 6-2/225Jr.*
    95 James Martin 6-1/236Jr.*
    26 Cedric Hickman 6-3/230Fr.
    19 Garland Heath 6-2/225Sr.
    4 Javon Walker 6-0/195Fr.
    Right Corner
    8 Jimmie Sutton 5-11/181Jr.*
    30 Jeremy Gray 6-2/190So.*
    24Phillip Holloman 5-11/194Jr.*
    Free Safety
    25 Miguel Scott 6-0/203 Jr.
    7 DaJuan Morgan 6-2/207So.*
    14 J.C. Neal 6-0/191So.
    Left Corner
    3 A.J. Davis 5-10/191Sr.*
    6Levin Neal 5-10/191So.
    34Robbie Leonard 5-10/191So.*

    Maryland Quick Facts

    Location: College Park, Md.
    Enrollment: 35,392
    Nickname: Terrapins
    School Colors: Red, White, Black & Gold
    Stadium: Byrd (51,500)
    Conference: ACC

    Head Coach:
    Ralph Friedgen
    Record at UMD: 45-22 (6 seasons)
    2005 Record: 5-6 (3-5)
    2005 Bowl: None
    2006 Record: 4-2 (1-1)
    2006 Ranking: None

  • Saturday's game marks the 63rd football meeting between the University of Maryland and North Carolina State. The Wolfpack holds a 30-28-4 edge in the series.
  • Maryland holds a 14-12-2 advantage in games played in College Park, despite suffering a 13-3 loss to the Wolfpack in the last meeting in Byrd Stadium in 2004. The ‘Pack has won the last two meetings in the series, following that 2004 College Park victory with a 20-14 triumph last year in Raleigh that was the final game of the 2005 regular-season for the Terrapins.
  • Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen is 3-2 against NC State. He won his first three meetings against the Wolfpack. NC State coach Chuck Amato is 2-4 against Maryland since coming to Raleigh in 2000.
  • Prior to the current two-game streak by the Wolfpack, Maryland had won four straight against NC State. That streak began in 2000 with a 35-28 double-overtime victory by the Terrapins. Each of those games were close, as the Terps won followed that with a 23-19 win in 2001, a 24-21 triumph in 2002 and a 26-24 victory in 2003. That four-game Maryland winning streak was preceded by a Wolfpack run in the 1990s that saw NC State win eight of nine between 1991 and 1999.
  • A year ago, NC State scored a 20-14 win over the Terps in Raleigh. Maryland held a 7-3 halftime lead, but Toney Baker scored on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter to give the Wolfpack the lead for good. It started a string of 17 unanswered points that included a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown by Marcus Hudson. Down 20-7, Maryland got life on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Sam Hollenbach to Vernon Davis with 4:21 left, but could not get the equalizer. Davis finished with 108 yards on eight catches, and Hollenbach had 235 yards on a 20-for-35 passing day.
  • The longest winning streaks in the series saw NC State capture eight straight between 1963 and 1970, while the Terps won six straight between 1980 and 1985.
  • Maryland and NC State have met in football every year since 1956.
  • The Wolfpack won the first-ever meeting between the schools, a 33-0 victory in Raleigh in 1909.

    Maryland Quotables

    Head Coach Ralph Friedgen
    On his concerns halfway through the season: I still think we can play better. I think we are still a work in progress. I'm hoping that this win [against Virginia] will help us see that and get better with that.

    On moving forward from the win against Virginia:
    The one thing we can't do is fall back. We can't relax. We can't just say, ‘Oh, we won a big game, that's great'. For me this is the beginning not the end. We have to build on this.

    On making improvements:
    I think we still have to get better in the throwing game and make more plays in the throwing game. There are plays that are there but we have to make them. We need to continue this balance. I need to be more wide open offensively, and defensively we need to do a better job in the running game and stopping the long passes.

    On the inconsistency of the defense:
    Some of it is that we have a few inexperienced guys playing. It's about how to take on a block or how to free the right arm. There is a lack of experience mistake; I don't see it as an effort mistake. What's going to happen is that the more they play and the more experience they have, the better they will be. I'd like for that to happen tomorrow, but I know that's not going to happen.

    On how to maintain consistency with the defense:
    With confidence and time. We just have to continue to improve. In not just one area but all areas, in coaching and playing. As long as we are putting forth the effort I think that is going to happen. We have to hang together as a team and put the team before ourselves. Hopefully the more we win, the better that will be.

    On the series between Maryland and N.C. State:
    The first three years we weren't supposed to win and we did. They have won the last two. They have all been close games. I have tremendous respect for Chuck, his coaching ability, his recruiting, and the NC State program. I think we are both very good coaches, we work very hard at our job, and we are both very aggressive. I think there are a lot of similarities between us.

    Maryland Scouting Report

    Sam Hollenbach, QB -- For just the second time in the last six years, Maryland has started a season with a returning starter at the quarterback position. And though the success Sam Hollenbach (pronounced HALLen- bock) had a year ago is not that of Scott McBrien (the last QB to return as starter) in 2003, his experience and knowledge of Friedgen's offense suggests that he he is the man to lead the Terp offense this season.

    Through 6 games this season, Hollenbach has yet to have a breakout performance but has more cut down on the mistakes that plagued him a year ago. In 2006, he is 94-for-157 (59.9 completion percentage) for 1,022 yards with 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

    Hollenbach's career completion percentage heading into this week's game is 60.6 percent (308-for-508).

    Lance Ball, RB -- Maryland's leading rusher, Ball has rushed for 468 yards and six touchdowns on 95 carriese, leading the team in all three categories.

    A rugged runner, the 216-pound junior loves to pound the ball between the tackles and is a workhorse.

    Jared Gaither, OT -- Arguably the ACC's top NFL offensive line prospect, Gaither is a mammoth tackle and a sure-fire pick for All-ACC honors. The sophomore has unlimited potnetial and is really starting to emerge as one of the nation's top offensive linemen.

    Keon Lattimore, RB -- Lattimore is coming off a huge game against Virginia, where he finished with 114 yards on 15 carries for his first career 100-yard rushing game. He also had a 56-yard run, the longest play of the season by Maryland and marked the first time the Terps had a scoring run of 50 or more yards since Bruce Perry went 80 yards at Wake Forest in 2003.

    Lattimore was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his effort.

    Wesley Jefferson, LB -- Through six games, Jefferson has tallied 52 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, and 2.5 sacks to pace the team in all three categories. He is one of the league's top tacklers and at 6-foot-2 and 233 pounds he has the speed and athleticism to pressure the quarterback when blitzing.

    He is coming off perhaps his best game of the season, as Jefferson posted a game-high 12 tackles in Maryland's thrilling 28-26 victory in Charlottesville.

    Josh Wilson, DB -- A terrific special teams talent and playmaker at cornerback, Wilson has already returned a 100-yard kickoff for a touchdown this season (GT) and is exciting with the ball in his hands.

    Defensively, he's tallied 24 tackles and six pass breakups to lead the defensive backs.

    Maryland Game Notes


  • Maryland trailed 20-0 at halftime last Saturday in Charlottesville before one of the best comebacks in Terrapin history.
  • The Terrapins took advantage of a fumbled punt deep in Cavalier territory when TB Lance Ball put Maryland on the scoreboard with a 1-yard run with 8:43 to play. It was the start of a 28-point run for the Terps that pushed them into the lead. QB Sam Hollenbach scored on a 3-yard run, TB Keon Lattimore scampered 56 yards for a touchdown and LB Erin Henderson followed with a 45-yard interception return for a TD that gave Maryland a 28-20 lead with 8:00 left.
  • Virginia came back with a 44-yard scoring pass from Jameel Sewell to Kevin Ogletree, the second of the day for that pairing, with 2:37 left. But CB Josh Wilson knocked down the two-point conversion attempt as Sewell tried again to find Ogletree, to preserve the Terrapin victory.
  • Henderson's 45-yard interception return for a touchdown was the first by a Maryland player since Dominique Foxworth went 44 yards with a pick to score at Eastern Michigan on 9/27/2003.
  • LB Wesley Jefferson tied a career-high with 12 tackles to lead the Maryland defense. It was the third time in six games the junior has led Maryland on the tackle chart and his second double-figure game of the season.
  • It was Maryland's first football win in Charlottesville since 1990.


  • In special teams coach Ray Rychleski's six years, Maryland has had two punters (Brooks Barnard and Adam Podlesh), two long snappers (Jon Condo and Andrew Schmitt) and zero blocked punts.
  • The Terrapins' streak of games without a blocked punt goes back 78 games, now the longest streak in college football.
  • The Terps have not had one blocked since November 13, 1999 (Florida State). That amount of time became the longest in NCAA football two weeks ago when Georgia, which last had one blocked earlier in the 1999 season, had a punt blocked by Ole Miss.


  • While the Terrapins are not yielding blocked punts, they are doing their best not to return the favor to their opposition.
  • In the last two years, the Terps have blocked four punts. They opened this season with a Josh Wilson block against William & Mary.


  • Heading into last season, Maryland was -- for the first time since 2001 -- in search of a tailback. Mario Merrills, Lance Ball, Keon Lattimore and J.P. Humber were all vying for the job and midway through last season, no single back had been named the every day starter. A year later, the Terrapins are as deep and talented at tailback as any team in the ACC and the only issue at hand is splitting up the carries.
  • This year, the team has made regular use of Ball, and Lattimore while also mixing in veteran Josh Allen.
  • Six games into the season, the trio has rushed 184 times for 891 yards and 8 touchdowns.
  • Still only a junior, Ball established himself as one of the league's top backs a year ago, rushing for 903 yards despite starting only four games. He rushed over 100 yards four times in the team's last seven games and was ultimately named second team All-ACC.
  • Ball currently leads the team in rushing with 468 yards on 95 carries (4.9 per carry). He is 4th in the ACC in rushing and rushed for the fifth 100- yard game of his career at Georgia Tech (23 carries, 116 yards).
  • Junior Keon Lattimore missed spring recovering from a shoulder injury, but has returned and looks like a different player this season. He is second on the team in rushing (69 carries, 371 yards) and his 5.4 yards per carry leads the team. Lattimore, now 9th in the ACC in rushing (61.8 ypg), had the first 100-yard rushing game of his career last Saturday at Virginia.
  • Now completely healed from an injury suffered in the final game of 2004, Josh Allen returns to give the Terps yet another threat. Allen enters this week ranked 6th on the school's all-time list for rushing touchdowns and moved into the career top 10 for rushing yards with 1,912, ahead of legend Ed Modzelewski (1949-51).


  • In Vernon Davis, Danny Melendez, Jo Jo Walker and Derrick Fenner, Maryland lost 76 percent (160 of 210) of its receptions due to graduation or the NFL draft. It is not a mystery that players will have to step up in their absence.
  • The Maryland two-deep returned just one senior (Drew Weatherly) and no other players with the exception of special teams guru Greg Powell with any more experienced than a sophomore. What the team does have that it did not have even last year in its talented trio of wideouts is an abundance of physical talent.
  • The average height and weight of this year's top five receivers is 6-2, 203. In that group, the average time in the 40-yard dash in spring drills was 4.46 with Darrius Heyward-Bey and Isaiah Williams each sub-4.4.
  • Through five games, Maryland's top three wide receivers are all second-year players (Oquendo, Williams and Heyward-Bey). The only non-receiver to sneak into the top four is another firstyear starter, TE Joey Haynos.
  • Heyward-Bey had an outstanding game at Georgia Tech, often getting yards where there seemingly were none. He finished the day with five receptions for 111 yards, the first 100-yard effort of his young career and first of the season for the Terrapins.
  • In game three (at West Virginia), the trio of Heyward-Bey, Williams and Oquendo accounted for eight more receptions (12) than they had in their collective careers prior to this year. Heyward-Bey and Williams each posted then career highs in receptions and yards and Williams caught his first career touchdown, a 35- yarder.
  • Against Virginia, Sam Hollenbach found 8 different receivers. Heyward-Bey led the team with 5 catches against the Cavs and has now taken over the team lead in receptions with 20 and receiving yards with 253. The redshirt freshman has also cracked the top-10 list among ACC receivers with an average of 3.33 per game. That stat is all the more impressive since 19 of his 20 catches have come in the last four outings.


  • When he was hired to come to Maryland, the talk about the mark Ralph Friedgen would make in College Park was all about offense. For the majority of his tenure, however, the most consistent Terp unit has been the defense.
  • Since 2001, the Maryland defense has allowed an average of 19.3 points per game. The 2005 campaign was the team's first in that time finishing a season with a scoring average above 20.0.

    Last year's defensive scoring average of 25.0 points per game was somewhat deceiving. The Terrapins gave up 42 points without the defense even being on the field (four interception returns, one punt return and one fumble return). Factor that in and the team averaged 21.1 points allowed per game, which would have ranked 26th-best in the nation as opposed to 55th.

  • Since 2001, 42 of Maryland's 67 opponents (63%) have been held to 20 points or less.
  • Since 2002, Maryland has held its opposition scoreless in 96 quarters (including 9 in 2006).
  • Maryland has held nine opponents to 100 yards or less passing since 2001 (one in 2006).
  • Since ‘01, Maryland has held its opposition below 100 yards rushing 16 times. The Terps have accomplished the feat twice in ‘06 (William & Mary and FIU).
  • Just 3 times since game two of 2003 has a quarterback been able to pass for more than one touchdown against the Terrapins (Virginia Tech's Bryan Randall in 2004, Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst in 2005 and Virginia's Jameel Sewell in 2006).


  • Maryland had just 15 seniors on its roster last season, with two of those seniors -- OT Stephon Heyer and TB Josh Allen -- back in uniform this year after redshirting due to injury.
  • Only seven of those 15 seniors from last year were listed as starters (three offense, four defense).
  • Just four players from the entire defensive twodeep from last year were lost to graduation.
  • This season's team has a total of just 13 seniors.


  • Three of the last five years, the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year has been a Maryland linebacker. This season the Terps have had to replace last year's honoree after losing eventual NFL second-round pick D'Qwell Jackson (currently the Browns' thirdleading tackler), so it may come as a shock that Maryland's linebacking corps may be better this season.
  • Focus this year has been on junior Wesley Jefferson as he is filling the spot where E.J. Henderson (2001 and 2002) and Jackson (2005) earned their hardware while also garnering national award attention at season's end. Jefferson -- who is currently 2nd in the ACC in tackles with 8.7 per game -- has a deeper and possibly more talented surrounding cast than either All-American was afforded.
  • In game one of 2006, the Terps got eight players in at their four linebacker positions with four of the team's top five tacklers being linebackers. Between Jefferson, Dave Philistin, Erin Henderson and Trey Covington, 28 tackles, three TFLs and two sacks were accounted for.
  • LBs have led the Terps in tackles in 5 of the 6 games (CB Isaiah Gardner had a team-high 8 vs. Middle Tennessee). Jefferson has led the Terps 3 games in games (W&M, FIU, UVa), while senior David Holloway topped the tackle chart against West Virginia and Georgia Tech.
  • Jefferson leads the Terps in tackles (52), tackles for loss (6.5) and is tied with DL Dre Moore in sacks with 2.5.
  • Jefferson (W&M, UVa), Holloway (GT) and Henderson (10 last week at Virginia) have posted games in double figures this season.


  • The last two years, Maryland has seen an increased level of speed and athleticism among its players as the players on this years team have shown in offseason testing. (Last season was the first year that there were no remaining players from the previous regime's recruiting efforts).
  • The Terrapins had 14 players run in the 4.5-orbetter range in the 40-yard dash in spring testing (note that all times are an average of six stopwatches on the same sprint).
  • Four of the 11 wide receivers who tested in the spring ran 4.44 or faster and six defensive backs ran under a 4.5.
  • Some notable times from players other than wideouts and corners who ran well include linebacker Dave Philistin (4.55), quarterback Josh Portis (4.53) and punter Adam Podlesh (4.44).
  • One other notable time, though it has as much to do with weight as it does speed, was the 4.83 time of 312-pound defensive tackle Dre Moore.

    Maryland Depth Chart


    X 84 Isaiah Williams 6-2 200 So.-1V

    11 Drew Weatherly 6-3 216 Sr.-3V

    LT 70 Stephon Heyer 6-6 320 Sr.-3V

    77 Scott Burley 6-5 326 Jr.-2V

    LG 69 Donnie Woods 6-3 289 Jr.-2V

    75 Jaimie Thomas 6-4 328 So.-1V

    C 60 Edwin Williams 6-2 318 So.-1V

    72 Phil Costa 6-2 299 Fr.-RS

    RG 63 Andrew Crummey 6-5 301 Jr.-1V

    66 Garrick Clig 6-4 296 Jr.-1V

    RT 78 Jared Gaither 6-9 350 So.-1V

    or 75 Dane Randolph 6-5 285 So.-1V

    TE 80 Joey Haynos 6-8 267 Jr.-2V

    13 Dan Gronkowski 6-6 266 So.-SQ

    15 Jason Goode 6-3 233 Jr.-2V

    QB 14 Sam Hollenbach 6-4 214 Sr.-2V.

    19 Jordan Steffy 6-1 214 So.-1V

    TB 44 Lance Ball 5-9 216 Jr.-1V

    or 21 Keon Lattimore 5-11 221 Jr.-2V

    33 Josh Allen 5-11 215 Sr.-3V

    FB 32 Tim Cesa 6-1 256 Jr.-2V

    38 Cory Jackson 6-0 240 Fr.-HS

    Z 8 Darrius Heyward-Bey 6-2 206 Fr.-RS

    17 Danny Oquendo 6-0 188 So.-1V

    Slot 17 Danny Oquendo 6-0 188 So.-1V

    82 Nolan Carroll 6-0 201 Fr.-RS


    DE 40 Jeremy Navarre 6-3 263 So.-1V

    91 Mack Frost 6-5 257 So.-1V

    93 Barrod Heggs 6-2 265 Fr.-RS

    NT 68 Carlos Feliciano 6-5 307 Jr.-2V

    92 Dre Moore 6-4 312 Jr.-2V

    90 Travis Ivey 6-4 311 Fr.-RS

    DT 95 Conrad Bolston 6-3 303 Sr.-3V

    98 Omarr Savage 6-5 284 Jr.-2V

    90 Travis Ivey 6-4 311 Fr.-RS

    LEO 55 Trey Covington 6-3 252 So.-1V

    54 David Holloway 6-2 230 Sr.-2V

    57 Jared Harrell 6-4 231 Fr.-RS

    MLB 35 Wesley Jefferson 6-2 233 Jr.-2V

    42 Chase Bullock 6-2 235 So.-1V

    WLB 1 Erin Henderson 6-3 242 So.-SQ

    or 48 Moses Fokou 6-1 216 Jr.-SQ

    SLB 54 David Holloway 6-2 230 Sr.-2V

    34 Dave Philistin 6-2 233 So.-1V

    43 Rick Costa 6-0 246 So.-SQ

    CB (F) 5 Isaiah Gardner 5-11 194 Jr.-1V

    9 Richard Taylor 5-10 194 So.-1V

    6 Anthony Wiseman 5-9 185 Fr.-RS

    SS 12 Marcus Wimbush 5-10 202 Sr.-2V

    29 Jeff Allen 6-0 190 So.-1V

    FS 3 Christian Varner 5-11 196 Jr.-2V

    30 J.J. Justice 6-1 219 Jr.-2V

    CB (B)4 Josh Wilson 5-9 187 Sr.-3V

    2 Kevin Barnes 6-1 181 So.-1V

    9 Richard Taylor 5-10 194 So.-1V


    PK 22 Dan Ennis 5-10 158 Sr.-1V

    39 Obi Egekeze 6-2 218 So.-SQ

    KO 49 Chris Roberts 6-1 194 So.-1V

    39 Obi Egekeze 6-2 218 So.-SQ

    P 36 Adam Podlesh 5-11 205 Sr.-3V

    PR 17 Danny Oquendo 6-0 188 So.-1V

    3 Christian Varner 5-11 196 Jr.-2V

    KR 4 Josh Wilson 5-9 187 Sr.-3V

    8 Darrius Heyward-Bey 6-2 206 Fr.-RS

    21 Keon Lattimore 5-11 221 Jr.-2V

    H 36 Adam Podlesh 5-11 205 Sr.-3V

    89 Matt Goldberg 6-2 187 So.-SQ

    LS 31 Andrew Schmitt 6-0 230 So.-1V

    32 Tim Cesa 6-1 256 Jr.-2V

    SS 53 Brendan McDermond 6-2 251 Jr.-1V

    31 Andrew Schmitt 6-0 230 So.-1V

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