On Eli: Fifth-year senior who went from a preseason backup to an all-conference performer in 2003 ... became the starter in game four due to a back injury to Scott Smith and ended up one of the most pleasant surprises of the season ... has a knack for making plays in the opponents' backfield ... an Iron Terp in 2003 who missed testing day in 2004 due to injury.
2003 (Junior): Played in all 13 games, starting the last 10 ... a second team All-ACC selection ... named the team's Defensive Most Improved Player ... third on the team and ninth in the ACC with 5.5 sacks ... tied for fifth on the team with 55 tackles (26 solo) ... second on the team with with 12 QB hurries ... (at NCSU) ... had a strong game with a career-high tying eight tackles (four solo) along with two QB hurries ... (vs..UNC) ... had three tackles (two solo), 1.5 TFL of six yards and a half-sack ... combined with Shawne Merriman on as they collapsed on the pocket and sacked the Carolina quarterback for a loss of two yards ... (at GT) ... notched seven tackles (four solo) and had one sack ... had 1.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards ... came around the left side and caught a Georgia Tech tailback from behind for a loss of one yard in the first quarter ... (vs. Duke) ... had eight tackles (two solo) ... one of his two QB hurries came in the first quarter when he hit the Duke quarterback as he released the ball, forcing an incompletion ... his lone TFL came in the third quarter, as he broke free of his blocker to tackle Chris Douglass for a loss of one yard ... (vs. CU) ... had a big hit in the third quarter as he powered off his blocker to tackle the Tiger tailback for no gain ... one of his three QB hurries came in the fourth quarter when he rushed the Clemson quarterback in the end zone, forcing him to throw the ball away ... finished with five tackles (two solo) for the third consecutive game ... (vs. WVU) ... very impressive in his first career start ... finished with five tackles (three solo) ... led the Terps with three tackles for losses totaling 15 yards ... also led Maryland with two sacks for 14 yards ... fought off a block to sack Rasheed Marshall in the first quarter ... his other sack came in the third quarter when he showed speed by pursuing the QB from behind ... had a key tackle for a loss of one yard on third down, forcing West Virginia to punt in the third quarter ... (at NIU) ... finished with three tackles (one solo) ... also had a key sack called back due to penalty that could have altered the landscape of the game by forcing a third down and long instead of a first down for NIU late in the game.
2002 (Sophomore): Saw action in four games ... finished the season with seven tackles, six solo, and two tackles for loss ... named defensive scout team Player of the Week for the West Virginia game ... (at Duke) ... posted a career-high four tackles, all unassisted ... also had one TFL.
2001 (Redshirt Freshman): Did not see any game action.
2000 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and 2000 graduate of Deptford High School in Deptford, N.J. ... All-America choice by PrepStar ... earned first team All-Tri County, first team All-Group III and first team All-South Jersey (Philadelphia Inquirer) honors as a senior ... totaled 72 tackles, including 19 TFLs and 12 sacks ... opponents would generally run away from his side ... blocked a punt and a PAT attempt ... three-time first team All-Tri County ... also played tight end ... played on a state championship team as a junior ... team finished 9-3 in 1998 ... team captain ... outstanding basketball player as a prep ... was the MVP of a prep basketball tournament in Hawaii prior to his senior year ... captained his basketball and baseball teams ... high school coach was Al Orio.
Personal: Kevin Eli is the son of Della and Harrison Eli ... already earned his degree in criminology and criminal justice ... now majoring in family studies...a Maryland scholar-athlete in 2000 and 2001 ... an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Defense G-GS UT AT TT/Avg TFL Sacks Int 2002 4-0 6 1 7/1.8 2.0-4 0.0-0 0-0 2003 13-9 26 29 55/4.2 11.0-58 5.5-50 0-0 Career 17-9 32 30 62/3.6 13.0-62 5.5-50 0-0