On Jordan: All-America and elite national honors candidate who enters his senior year as arguably the top running back in the country … called by Street & Smith's College Football Preview a top-five Heisman Trophy candidate … ranked as the nation's top running back and No. 7 Heisman candidate by Lindy's Preseason Annual … ranked the nation's No. 2 running back and No. 8 Heisman candidate by The Sporting News … chosen by College Football News as the No. 3 offensive player in the country … one of two running backs selected by Lindy's to the ACC first team All-Decade Team for the 1990s … chosen by numerous publications as the ACC's top offensive player for 2000 … 2000 preseason All-America by Playboy, Blue Ribbon, The Sporting News, Street & Smith's, Lindy's/Sportsline, Athlon Sports, Football News and College Football News … appeared in The Sporting News' Heisman Watch on Nov. 22, 1999 … nation's top rusher over the last six weeks of 1999 (1,101 yards) … top career rusher among all NCAA schools entering the 2000 season … only returning player from College Football News and Football News first- and second-team running back selections …will become a three-time nominee for the Doak Walker Award after finishing as a semifinalist in 1999 … primary cog in Maryland’s improved running game the past three seasons (106th in NCAA in 1997, 50th in 1998, 12th in 1999) … punishing, hard-nosed, determined runner who gains yards inside and outside … not afraid, and in fact prefers, to run through opposing tacklers … deceptive speed, difficult to tackle one-on-one, quick to break through an open hole … very versatile in the Maryland offense as a runner, receiver and even a passer … has thrown two TD passes and caught another … big-play man who is always a threat to break a long-gainer … fifth in the nation in rushing as a junior, second in the ACC as a sophomore and junior … boasts 3,227 career rushing yards and a 5.4 average per rush … only 91 yards shy of breaking the Terps' career rushing record (3,359 by Charlie Wysocki, 1978-81) and 1,376 to establish a new ACC career rushing standard (4,602 by Ted Brown, NC State, 1975-78) … only fourth ACC runner ever to surpass 3,000 career yards in his junior season … 1,632 yards as a junior was the best single-season in Maryland history, and the best ever by an ACC junior … 773 yards shy of becoming just the fifth ACC runner ever to reach 4,000 yards … 1,773 yards from becoming the first ACC player to reach 5,000, and just the ninth in NCAA history … needs 1,732 yards to move into the NCAA's top 10 rushers of all-time … must average 157.5 yards (based on 11 games) to move into NCAA top 10 as a senior … must average 161.2 yards (based on 11 games) to reach 5,000 as a senior … has progressively improved his rushing average through his career … averaged 62 yards as a freshman, 90 yards as a sophomore … averaged 148.4 yards per game in his junior year overall, but had 100-yard production in five of his last six games for 1,101 yards and a 183.5-yard average during that stretch … averages 100.8 yards per game through a three-season career … second on Terrapins in receptions as a sophomore and junior … joins fullback rushing mate Matt Kalapinski (4.6 YPC) as one of the most formidable inside-outside rushing tandems in the nation.
1999: Junior campaign cemented his status as one of the elite running backs in the country … second-team All-America by Football News and College Football News … third-team All-American by The Sporting News … semifinalist for Doak Walker Award honoring the nation's top running back … first-team All-ACC … named to the ECAC All-Star team … established the third-best rushing season in ACC history with 1,632 yards in 11 games … Maryland single-season rushing record and ACC class record for rushing yards by a junior … NCAA rushing leader over the last six games of his junior season, the only player in the country to eclipse 1,100 rushing yards in that stretch (183.5 per game) … only the eighth Terrapin back ever to carry more than 200 times in a season (266) … 6.1 yards per carry is Terp record for 200 carries or more, shattering the old mark of 4.6 … one of just four NCAA top 10 running backs with over six yards per carry (Tomlinson, Dayne, Canidate) … fifth-leading running back in the nation with 148.4 yards per game … finished 10th in the country in all-purpose running (167.27 yards) and 11th in scoring (9.27 points) … seven games over 100 yards and six over 150 … 306-yard effort in season finale vs. Virginia established a new Maryland record and was the third-best game in ACC history … 227-yard game vs. Duke was, at the time, the third-best in Maryland history and best in the ACC since 1995 … three of four top games were against bowl teams including 169 at No. 1-ranked Florida State … yardage vs. FSU was the most allowed by the Seminoles in four seasons (1995) … had 177 yards against Clemson … career-high 37 carries in finale against Virginia … remarkable that he fumbled just three times all season, losing only one and that in the season opener at Temple … after a fumble on his second carry of game three vs. West Virginia, had just one fumble the rest of the season (at FSU) … went a stretch of 166 carries and 188 consecutive touches (receiving and passing) without a fumble … Terps' second-leading receiver with 19 catches … 70-yard TD at Wake Forest was his only career receiving touchdown, and knotted the score at 14 before a game-winning field goal minutes later … also threw a 60-yard TD, to Jermaine Arrington at Georgia Tech … against all five ACC bowl teams, Jordan either ran for more than 150 yards or contributed a breakaway rushing, passing or receiving touchdown.
1998: Second team All-ACC and named Maryland’s most outstanding offensive player … played 10 of 11 games in his sophomore campaign and fell just 94 yards shy of becoming the Terps’ fourth player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season … 906 rushing yards were third-best sophomore total in Terrapin history … averaged 90.6 yards per game and 5.4 yards per carry … also was Maryland’s third-leading receiver with 14 catches for 87 yards, 6.2 per reception … five 100-yard rushing games including a career-high 138 yards on 22 carries vs. Temple … averaged 8.0 yards per carry while rushing 17 times for 136 yards at North Carolina … rushed for two touchdowns against Temple and UNC … averaged 6.6 yards against Wake Forest while carrying 20 times for 132 yards … also threw halfback screen pass that turned into a 68-yard TD pass to Jermaine Arrington against the Demon Deacons … it was Maryland’s longest TD pass in two seasons … surpassed 100-yard plateau in consecutive games vs. Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and North Carolina … accounted for all of Maryland’s scoring at UNC with 49- and 50-yard scoring runs, the longest of his career … averaged 33.5 yards on his six TD runs in 1998 … blistered Duke and UNC defenses in back-to-back weeks with long runs of 48, 49 and 50 yards, all for touchdowns … added a 39-yard run in the season finale against NC State to contribute to a 109-yard rushing day on 20 carries.
1997: Burst on to the scene as a true freshman by finishing runner-up for ACC Rookie of the Year honors ... led all ACC freshmen in rushing yards (689), attempts (159) and all-purpose yards (920) ... his 689 yards ranked eighth nationally among all true freshmen ... ran for a freshman school record 135 yards vs. Temple and totaled a school freshman-record 25 carries vs. Georgia Tech ... became the first freshman in Maryland history to post two 100-yard games in a season (vs. Temple and North Carolina State) ... accounted for 71 percent of Maryland’s rushing yards ... was named ACC Rookie of the Week Sept. 29 for his 135-yard effort in a win over Temple ... his 44-yard TD run vs. Florida State was the fourth longest gain from scrimmage by a Maryland freshman ... averaged 4.3 yards per carry ... finished third on the team in receptions (22).
High School: Graduated from Suitland High School in 1997 ... highly decorated player who was named first team All-Met by the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun as a senior ... also earned first team all-state, first team all-county and was selected George Michael’s Golden 11 Player of the Year in Prince George’s County ... was the recipient of the Player of the Year Award by the Washington Pigskin Club ... was a second team all-county choice as a junior and was named the Washington District Officials’ most outstanding player ... rushed for 1,962 yards and 23 touchdowns on 196 attempts as a senior ... also returned two punts for touchdowns ... gained 1,084 yards on 106 attempts as a junior ... became the first player in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in 1995 ... PrepStar wrote in its January, 1997 issue: “Jordan has prototype NFL size and speed for a running back” ... earned two letters in football and track, one in baseball and one in swimming ... named his team MVP as a senior ... led Suitland to an 8-2 mark in 1996, its best record in 20 years ... clocked at 10.6 in the 100 meters and 21.6 in the 200 meters ... was the county champion in the 100 meter dash as a senior ... helped lead Suitland to its first county track championship since 1991 as a senior ... high school coach was David Lynch.
Personal: LaMont Jordan … born Nov. 11, 1978 ... mother’s name is Marie ... majoring in communications.
Rushing G-GS Att Net Avg. TD LP YPG 1997 11-3 159 689 4.3 3 44 62.6 1998 10-9 169 906 5.4 6 50 90.6 1999 11-10 266 1,632 6.1 16 90 148.4 Totals 32-22 594 3,227 5.4 25 90 100.8 Receiving G-GS Rec Yds Avg TD LP YPG 1997 11-3 22 155 7.1 0 22 14.1 1998 10-9 14 87 6.2 0 13 8.7 1999 11-10 19 208 11.0 1 70 18.9 Totals 32-22 55 450 8.2 1 70 14.1
Jordan Up Close
My goal for 2000 is: to throw another touchdown pass.
The best advice I’ve ever received is: “Be yourself and don’t change for anyone. If you believe in something, stand up for it and be heard.”
For me to improve on the field, I need to: work harder
My ambition after football is to: be a sports broadcaster
The word that best describes me is: humble
My favorite pro sports team is: the San Francisco 49ers
JORDAN BY THE NUMBERS All numbers prior to 2000 season
1st Jordan led the country in rushing over the final six games of the 1999 season. He netted 1,101 yards (183.5 per game) on 160 carries for 6.89 yards per carry.
1 Just one lost fumble in 1999 by the man who handled the ball more as a junior than any player in Maryland's last four seasons.
2nd Jordan has been second in the ACC in rushing as both a sophomore and junior.
3 Only three fumbles through 266 carries and 288 touches in all of his junior campaign. His only lost fumble was in the season opener at Temple.
3 Owns the third-best single-game (306) and single-season (1,632) rushing performances in ACC history.
3 of 4 Three of Jordan's four best games came against 1999 bowl teams -- 169 yards at Florida State, 177 vs. Clemson and 306 vs. Virginia. In each of the two games vs. bowl opponents in which he fell short of 100 yards, he threw or caught a touchdown pass -- a 60-yard scoring pass at Georgia Tech, and a 70-yard receiving score at Wake Forest.
4 Touchdowns against Clemson to become just the second Terp since 1950 to rush for more than three TDs in a game.
5th Jordan's final rank among 1999 NCAA rushing leaders (148.36).
6 Six home games in 1999 meant six 100-yard performances by Jordan: Western Carolina (158), West Virginia (164), Clemson (177), North Carolina (147 in just three quarters), Duke (227), Virginia (306).
6.1 Jordan's 6.1-yard rushing average is a school-record by a back carrying 200 times or more. He obliterated the previous mark of 4.62 held by Charlie Wysocki in 1979.
9th Jordan's final rank among 1999 NCAA all-purpose running leaders (167.27).
9th Jordan needs 1,773 yards to become the ninth player in NCAA history to reach 5,000 career yards.
11th Jordan's final rank among 1999 NCAA scoring leaders (9.27).
12th The Maryland offensive unit averaged 231.4 rushing yards per game in 1999. The figure ranked 12th in the country and was the best rushing season by the Terrapins since 1976. It was the second-best team average since 1954.
15 Jordan was one of seven players nationally in 1999, and just one of two non-seniors, to rank among NCAA top 15 leaders in rushing, scoring and all-purpose running yards.
16 Jordan's single-season record for rushing touchdowns in a season.
17 Jordan's single-season record for overall touchdowns in a season.
18 Jordan is currently 18th in ACC rushing history (career).
25 Jordan boasts 25 career rushing touchdowns (26 overall), already tied for fourth among Terrapin career leaders He needs 20 during his senior season to break the career mark of 44 held by Rick Badanjek (1982-85).
25 Jordan's 169 yards on 27 carries at top-ranked Florida State marked the most rushing yards against the Seminole defense in a 25-game span dating to 1995.
37 Career-high rushing carries during a 306-yard outing vs. Virginia.
60 Jordan's 60-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Arrington at Georgia Tech in 1999 was the second TD pass of his career. He completed an almost identical 68-yard strike to Arrington vs. Wake Forest in 1998.
66 Third-longest run of career came at FSU.
70 Jordan's lone receiving touchdown was a 70-yard, one-play drive which knotted the score at Wake Forest, on the way to a 17-14 come-from-behind victory in 1999. He scored both Maryland touchdowns in the game.
73 Second-longest run of Jordan’s career was vs. Duke.
90 Rushing yards shy of Maryland career record-holder Charlie Wysocki (3,317 from 1978-81).
102 Jordan tied the Maryland single-season mark for points in a season (Rick Badanjek in 1984).
100 Jordan eclipsed the century mark seven times in 1999, and has rushed for 100 yards or more in 14 games overall.
148.36 Jordan’s per game rushing average in 1999 ranked fifth in the country.
150 Jordan passed 150 yards six times in 1999.
169 Rushing yards at No. 1-ranked Florida State (27 carries).
188 Consecutive touches (rushing, receiving, passing) without a fumble from his second carry vs West Virginia in game No. 3 until fumbling once on his 10th carry at Florida State in game No. 10.
196.5 Per game rushing through six games at Byrd Stadium in 1999. He was 6-for-6 in 100-yard games at Byrd. He rushed for 12 TDs and averaged 7.70 yards per carry. He established a new career rushing-high in five of six home games during his junior season.
200 Shares Maryland's career record with two 200-yard games in a season.
217.3 Jordan's per-game rushing average against ACC bowl teams Florida State (169), Clemson (177) and Virginia (306).
227 Rushing yards vs. Duke are the fourth-best single-game figure in Terrapin history. They were tops in the ACC in 1999 and the league’s best since 1995 -- until his 306-yard day three weeks later.
231.4 Maryland's per-game rushing average in 1999 was its best since 1976 and the second-best since 1954.
306 Rushing yards vs. Virginia in what was Maryland's biggest game of the season. A new school record, the third-best rushing figure in ACC history and the league's best in six seasons.
455 Maryland's net rushing yards against Virginia were the fifth-most in Maryland history and the best since a school-record 582 vs. the Cavaliers in 1975.
773 Rushing yards to reach 4,000 career yards and become the fifth ACC player ever to reach the milestone.
807 Rushing yards to move into the NCAA's top 50 career rushers of all-time. The No. 50 spot is currently occupied by Stanford's Darrin Nelson (1977-78, 80-81) with 4,033 yards.
937 Rushing yards to move into the NCAA's top 40 career rushers of all-time. The No. 40 spot is currently occupied by Florida's Eric Rhett (1989-93) with 4,163 yards.
1,000 Rushing yards to join Charlie Wysocki as the only Terp rusher ever to reach 1,000 yards in a single season, twice.
1,216 and 1,224 Rushing yards to surpass former Heisman Trophy winners Earl Campbell (Texas) and Eric Dickerson (SMU), and move into the NCAA's top 25 career rushers. Campbell is currently No. 26 with 4,443 yards. Dickerson is No. 25 with 4,450.
1,363 Rushing yards to move into the NCAA's top 20 career rushers of all-time. The No. 20 spot is currently occupied by San Diego State's Marshall Faulk (1991-93) with 4,589 yards.
1,376 Yards to break the ACC career rushing mark (4,602 by NC State's Ted Brown, 1975-78). Brown is currently 18th in NCAA history.
1,632 Jordan's single-season rushing record is also the third-best in ACC history and the best ever by an ACC junior.
1,732 Rushing yards to move into the NCAA's top 10 career rushers of all-time. The No. 10 spot is currently occupied by former Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers (South Carolina) with 4,958 yards.
1,773 Jordan needs 1,773 yards to become the ninth player in NCAA history to reach 5,000 career yards.
1995 Jordan's 169 yards on 27 carries at top-ranked Florida State marked the most rushing yards against the Seminole defense since UVa's Tiki Barber rushed for 193 in 1995.
3,000 Jordan is only the fourth junior ACC junior ever to reach the 3,000-yard milestone.
3,170 Just for kicks, Jordan is 3,170 yards short of Ron Dayne's NCAA career rushing record (6,397). In case anybody asks.
3,227 Career rushing yards entering his senior campaign. Only two players have ever entered their final season in the ACC with higher career figures (North Carolina's Amos Lawrence had 3,273 yards through three seasons. NC State's Ted Brown entered his senior year with 3,252).
4,000 Jordan needs 773 yards to reach 4,000 career yards and become the fifth ACC player ever to reach the milestone.
5,000 Jordan needs 1,773 yards to become the ninth player in NCAA history to reach 5,000 career yards.