On Maldonado: Running back in his third year at Maryland ... will see significant action at tailback in his senior season ... a bruising runner with good feet ... in his first season seeing action at Maryland, gave the team an excellent short-yardage back who wears down the opponent late in games ... averaged a robust 6.0 yards per carry in `03 ... redshirted in 2002 after transferring from Ohio State prior to the season ... an Iron Terp in 2003 who posted the highest strength index (692) among Maryland running backs that year ... strength numbers included a 325-pound bench press and a 550-pound squat ... did not test in 2004 due to injury ... participated in non-contact drills this past spring as he worked to recuperate from a knee injury suffered in `03.
2003 (Redshirt Junior): Saw action in seven games ... finished third on the team in rushing, registering 305 yards on 51 carries with three touchdowns ... averaged 6.0 yards per carry, the most by any Terrapin tailback ... suffered an ACL injury in the North Carolina game that ended his 2003 campaign ... (vs. UNC) ... rushed for 43 yards on five attempts before leaving the game at the end of the first quarter due to injury ... had a career-long 31-yard run up the left side in the first quarter after breaking a tackle near the line of scrimmage ... (at GT) ... gained 33 yards on just three rushing attempts ... had a 26-yard run in the fourth quarter as he bulled his way up the middle of the field through defenders ... (vs. Duke) ... had 15 yards on five rushing attempts ... recorded his third rushing touchdown of the season in the third quarter as he broke one tackle and stretched across the goal line on a 5-yard play ... (vs. WVU) ... led the Terps with a career-high 88 yards on just 13 rushing attempts ... (vs. The Citadel) ... went for 66 yards on 12 rushing attempts ... plowed over two defenders on a 7-yard run in the first quarter for his first touchdown as a Terp ... powered his way through the middle on a 3-yard run, giving him a career high in touchdowns in a single game ... added his first career reception as a Terp on a 16-yard screen pass in the second quarter ... (at NIU) ... gained 19 yards on four rushing attempts in his first career action as a Terp.
2002 (Junior): Redshirt season.
2001 (Sophomore at OSU): Saw action in 10 games ... had 39 carries for 168 yards, third-most on the team ... averaged 4.3 yards per carry ... career-high 68 yards came on 14 carries in the season-opener against Akron.
2000 (Freshman at OSU): Appeared in four games as a true freshman ... rushed 22 times for 50 yards and a touchdown ... first career TD came in his first collegiate game (a 7-yard run vs. Penn State).
High School: A four-year letterwinner and 2000 graduate of Harrison (N.Y.) High School ... ran for over 7,000 yards and 99 touchdowns in his prep career ... a Parade All-American and high school player of the year in the state of New York ... helped lead team to state title in his senior year ... rated by one recruiting service as the top back in the country as a senior ... was recruited by Ohio State, Syracuse, Florida State and Georgia Tech ... high school coach was Art Troilo.
Personal: Samuel Maldonado was born in Bronx, N.Y. ... son of Rafael and Mereyda Maldonado ... majoring in family studies ... nickname is "The Bull" due to his hard-charging running style ... is the youngest of three brothers ... hometown, Harrison, N.Y., is the same as Ralph Friedgen and Dave Sollazzo.
Rushing G-GS Att. Gain Lost Net Avg. TD LP 2000 (OSU) 4-0 22 54 4 50 2.3 1 7 2001 (OSU) 10-0 39 174 6 168 4.3 0 19 2002 Redshirt season 2003 (Md.) 7-0 51 306 1 305 6.0 3 31 Career 21-0 112 534 10 524 4.7 4 31