On Forte: Two-year starter and fifth-year senior at safety who returns for his final season … has played both safety positions … preseason second team All-ACC by Lindy's Preseason Annual … size, speed, strength and experience helped him contribute to Maryland's improved secondary play in 1999 … was named the team's top senior performer during 2000 spring drills … has shown continued progress in the Terp secondary after originally coming to Maryland as a running back ... was moved to defensive back in the spring of 1997.
1999: Nine-game starter at free safety who finished second on the team in interceptions and tied for eighth in tackles … played in a total of 10 games, missing the North Carolina contest with a burner to his shoulder suffered the previous week vs. Clemson … posted a season-high 10 tackles (nine solos) in a road win at Wake Forest … had seven tackles each vs. Georgia Tech and Virginia … finished second on the team in pass breakups (5) … recorded a career-best two interceptions vs. Florida State … also had picks vs. West Virginia and Virginia … ranked tied for sixth in the ACC and 49th nationally in interceptions per game (0.4) … took over the starting free safety position after playing the previous season at strong safety.
1998: Played and started in nine games in his first full season … earned the No. 1 position at strong safety during spring drills … despite missing games vs. Clemson and Wake Forest, finished second among Maryland defensive backs with 64 tackles, including 42 solos … career-high 13 tackles at Duke … had 11 stops in season finale vs. NC State ... contributed one of Maryland's record seven interceptions at Duke … had a sack and tackle for loss vs. Temple, and a sack in the season opener vs. JMU.
1997: Missed his redshirt freshman season because of a broken leg suffered in spring drills ... was moved from running back to defensive back in the spring.
1996: Redshirt season.
High School: Graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in 1996 ... an all-state quarterback who accumulated 1,500 yards of total offense and 22 touchdowns as a senior ... was an All-American selection by BlueChip Illustrated and an All-East choice by SuperPrep, National Recruiting Advisor and Tom Lemming. ... also lettered in basketball and track ... high school coaches were Keith Thompson and Tony Drakeford.
Personal: Shawn A. Forte … born Jan. 20, 1977 ... son of Gail and Willie Williams ... majoring in American studies.
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int 1998 9-9 42 22 64/7.1 4-17 1.0-8 1-10 1999 10-9 37 10 47/4.7 2-3 0-0 4-13 Totals 19-18 79 32 111/5.8 6-20 1-8 5-23
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