A versatile offensive lineman who can play both guard and tackle ... a blue-collar performer who spent his first two seasons working on the defensive line before moving to the o-line in 2006 ... saw extensive action along the right side of the offensive line as a junior and senior ... played in the last 26 games of his career ... saw action in 42 career games, including 13 starts.
As a Senior (2008): Played in all 13 games along the offensive line ... had one start at right guard ... saw action at right guard and right tackle throughout the season ... member of a line that enabled Da'Rel Scott (1,133) to become the seventh Terp back, and first since 2002 (Chris Downs), to gain over 1,000 rushing yards ... the line also aided Chris Turner to throw for 2,516 yards, the seventh-highest single-season total in school history ... earned the team's Dr. John E. Faber Award for Iron Man ... earned Iron Terp status in the spring, posting the 20th-highest strength index on the team ... started at right guard in the season opener vs. Delaware (8/30) ... part of the unit that surrendered just one sack and helped RB Da'Rel Scott rush for 197 yards vs. the Blue Hens ... part of the unit that scored 35 points vs. then-No. 23 Cal (9/13) ... part of the unit that accounted for 51 points and 486 total yards against Eastern Michigan (9/20) ... part of the unit that surrendered just seven sacks during the seven-game span (Sept. 20 to Nov. 15), five of which resulted in Maryland victories ... part of the unit that helped Terp ball carriers rack up 203 rushing yards (including 163 by Scott) vs. NC State (10/25) ... part of the unit that helped Scott and fellow RB Davin Meggett combine for 215 rushing yards and allowed just one sack vs. North Carolina (11/15) ... helped spearhead a solid offensive attack in the win over Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl (12/30) ... offense posted 456 total yards, including 258 rushing yards, vs. a Wolf Pack defense which entered the game ranked third nationally against the run (74.5 ypg).
As a Redshirt Junior (2007): Played in 13 games on the offensive line, starting four, all at right guard ... stepped into the starting spot at right guard when injuries sidelined both Andrew Crummey and Jaimie Thomas ... opened holes for running backs Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore, who combined to rush for nearly 1,600 yards and 25 TDs ... also helped first-year starting QB Chris Turner post the third-best passing efficiency rating in the ACC ... (vs. Villanova) ... saw action in 29 plays as a reserve tackle and guard ... that was his first career action on the offensive line ... (vs. FIU) ... played as a reserve at the right tackle spot ... (vs. WVU) ... participated in 22 plays as a reserve right tackle ... (vs. WF) ... saw action as a reserve along the offensive line, seeing action in a season-high 53 plays ... played mostly at RT, subbing for Dane Randolph who moved to LT ... (vs. Rutgers) ... saw action as a reserve on 33 plays ... (vs. GT) ... came off the bench to see action in 15 plays at right tackle ... (vs. UVA) ... saw extensive action in relief of injured starting right guard Andrew Crummey ... was in on 43 plays ... (vs. Clemson) ... earned first career start, playing at right guard ... (vs. UNC) ... started at right guard and saw action on 73 plays ... (vs. BC) ... started at right guard and was in on 64 plays ... (vs. FSU) ... started at right guard and was in on 70 plays, second most among o-linemen ... (vs. NCSU) ... saw action on 29 plays as a reserve at right guard ... (vs. OSU, Emerald Bowl) ... played as a reserve on the o-line ... entered the fall No. 2 on the depth chart at right tackle after a spirited battle with incumbent Dane Randolph.
As a Junior (2006): Did not see any game action along the offensive line ... spent the season as a reserve at offensive tackle ... moved to the o-line prior to the season.
As a Sophomore (2005): Played in all 11 games, starting the first eight at defensive tackle ... made 11 tackles (three solo) on the season ... had two multi-tackle games ... recorded two assisted tackles against West Virginia and a career-high four stops (all-assisted) at Temple.
As a Freshman (2004): Played in five games along the defensive line ... saw action vs. Temple, Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest ... posted three tackles (one solo) on the season... also batted down one pass ... pass breakup came late in the Duke game as he knocked down a Mike Schneider effort.
At Enfield High School: A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter ... team's second-leading tackler as a senior with 45 stops ... also had seven sacks, 12 QB hurries, two forced fumbles, one fumble caused and seven pass breakups ... had 40 tackles, including 15 sacks as a junior ... named first team all-state as an offensive guard by the New Haven Register and as a defensive tackle by the Hartford Courant ... an All-New England region selection by SuperPrep ... rated by SuperPrep as the 12th-best player in the region ... PrepStar all-region as well ... all-league as a junior and senior ... an honorable mention All-Hartford Courant DT as a junior ... team went 10-2 and made it to the state semifinals -- best in school history -- his senior year ... also lettered three years in basketball ... also recruited by Penn State, Boston College, Iowa and Wisconsin ... coached by Jay Gaucher.
Personal: Born Jan. 20, 1986 ... parents are John and Jeris Griffin ... given first name is John ... a communications major who graduated in May, 2008.
Griffin's Career Statistics
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks FC FR PBU Int. 2004 5-0 2 1 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 1 0-0 2005 11-8 3 8 11 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0-0 Career 16-8 5 9 14 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 1 0-0
bio updated 02-18-09