On Crawford: Fifth-year senior who successfully returned from surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and posted a strong 2001 campaign at right tackle … had not missed a start in his career prior to the injury, which happened in practice prior to the 2000 North Carolina game … came on strong this past spring and has noticeably improved his mobility from a year ago … a gutsy player with good size and strength … a career 31-game starter entering his senior year … earned his bachelor’s degree this past spring.
2001 (Junior): Started all 11 games and the Orange Bowl at right tackle ... a second team All-ACC selection on an offense that finished 11th nationally in rushing and 16th in total offense … named the recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award, an honor given to the Atlantic Coast Conference football player who is considered the conference’s “most courageous” … had the fewest missed assignments of any Maryland lineman and was flagged for just two penalties all season … graded out as the Terps’ top offensive lineman vs. Eastern Michigan ... graded out as the team’s second-best lineman vs. North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia ... played a season-high 87 snaps vs. Virginia.
2000 (Sophomore): Nine-game starter at right tackle who missed the final two contests after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee … the injury occurred in practice just prior to the North Carolina game … the injury snapped his string of consecutive starts at 20 … helped Maryland finish second in the ACC in fewest sacks allowed.
1999 (Redshirt Freshman): Second-team Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News as a redshirt freshman … started all 11 games at right tackle for an offensive unit that led the ACC and finished 12th nationally in rushing yards per game (231.4) … part of an offensive line that allowed a league low 11 sacks … the Terps finished 54th nationally in total offense, jumping 51 spots from the previous year.
1998: (Freshman) Redshirt season.
High School: Graduated from Moravia (N.Y.) High School in 1998 ... first team all-state selection in 1997 by the New York sportswriters association ... rated New York's No. 8 prospect overall by SuperPrep, the No. 8 offensive line prospect in the Big East Region in the preseason by PrepStar and the No. 14 overall prospect in the state by Tom Lemming ... started every game for four seasons ... played both ways (offensive tackle and defensive tackle) in addition to handling his team's placekicking and punting chores ... selected to the "Golden 50" squad, an all-star game matching the top players from New York and New Jersey ... also was named a Section IV Conference all-star ... as a defensive player he totaled 20 career sacks and eight fumble recoveries ... recruited by Michigan State, Rutgers and Ole Miss. ... high school coach was Steve Woodard.
Personal: Matthew David Crawford … born Jan. 8, 1980 ... son of Sheila and Dave Crawford ... graduated with a degree in criminology & criminal justice this past May.