Henderson is Top Terp

Tennessee may not know what Maryland All-America linebacker E.J. Henderson will do on each play of the Peach Bowl but head coach Phillip Fulmer wants the Vols to know where Henderson will BE on each play.

That shows how much respect UT's staff has for Henderson, who won the Chuck Bednarik Trophy, and was a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Award, the Lombardi Award and the Butkus Award.

''We're not going to totally change our offense. You can't,'' Fulmer said. ''But you do all you can to be sure you're accounting for him the very best you can. We've faced a lot of good players, and he certainly ranks with the best of them.''

Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders agrees, noting: ''E.J. Henderson obviously is a good football player. They move him around some but I wouldn't say they do it a whole lot. Obviously, he'll be lined up back there at linebacker but he also will end up on the end of the line of scrimmage in certain pass rush situations.

''He's a good enough player that they don't have to move him around a whole lot. They just line him up and let him go make plays. He's a good player ... really good player ... big and physical.''

Terrapin coach Ralph Friedgen notes that Henderson was injured at the start of the season but has been coming on strong in recent weeks.

''I think he is playing his best football right now,'' Maryland's head man said. ''He really is an outstanding player. I think he really is the all-time best defensive player to ever have played at Maryland. He really epitomizes what I look for in a Maryland football player.''

Fans might want to keep an eye on Maryland's No. 42. It's a safe bet that Phil Fulmer will.


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