Diggs named team MVP; Drakeford named top defensive player
North Carolina 45, Maryland 38
Maryland to play its second top-10 opponent of the season
Maryland looking to improve to 3-0 in the ACC in its annual Homecoming game
Maryland set to open conference play
A tall, athletic and sure-handed tight end ... also a good blocker ... a two-year starter ... a consensus preseason first team All-ACC selection ... first team all-conference pick by Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's and Phil Steele ... 31 of his 44 career receptions occurred in 2011 ... has played in 38 career games (24 starts).
As a Senior (2012): Started 11 games at tight end ... recorded two catches for 11 yards against William & Mary (9/1) ... caught a 22-yard touchdown pass vs. Temple (9/8) ... helped open lanes for Wes Brown to set career-highs with 14 rushes for 74 yards (5.3 avg.) and one touchdown vs. Connecticut (9/15) ... recorded a season-high four receptions for 65 yards against West Virginia (9/22) ... started at tight end vs. Wake Forest (10/6) and caught two passes for 15 yards ... recorded one catch for 22 yards against Virginia (10/13) ... totaled 13 yards on two passes against NC State (10/20) ... caught two passes for 21 yards against Boston College (10/27) ... started against Georgia Tech (11/3) but failed to record a reception ... started against Clemson (11/10) but failed to record a reception ... started against Florida State (11/17) but failed to record a reception ... recorded two catches including a 29 yard touchdown against North Carolina (11/24).
As a Junior (2011): Made starts in all 12 games ... fourth on the team in receptions (31) and receiving yards (348) ... third in the ACC in receptions (2.6 pg) and receiving yards (29.0 pg) among tight ends ... named to the John Mackey Award midseason watch list (10/17) but didn't make the semifinalist list ... made four catches for 68 yards against Miami (9/5) ... set a career high with seven receptions against West Virginia (9/17), totaling 70 yards ... his reception total vs. the Mountaineers was the most by a Maryland tight end since 2008 (eight by Joey Haynos vs. WVU, 9/14) ... had four catches for just 15 yards against Towson (10/1) ... had a career-high 104 receiving yards on five catches, with a career-best two TDs, including a 40-yarder, vs. Clemson (10/15) ... that was the most receiving yards by a Maryland tight end since Vernon Davis had eight catches for 108 yards against NC State on 11/26/05 ... posted one catch for 21 yards against Florida State (10/22) ... caught two passes for 21 yards against Boston College (10/29) ... had one catch for three yards against Virginia (11/5) ... made three catches for 23 yards against Notre Dame (11/12) ... caught one pass for 11 yards against Wake Forest (11/19) ... had two catches for 13 yards against NC State (11/26).
As a Sophomore (2010): Played in all 13 games with 11 starts at the Y tight-end position ... third on the team with 206 receiving yards ... averaged a team-best 17.2 yards per reception ... made three receptions for 48 yards against Morgan State (9/11), including a 27-yard TD, the first of his career ... had one catch for 11 yards against FIU (9/25) ... set season highs with five catches for 98 yards against Clemson (10/16) ... career-long 53-yard reception vs. the Tigers was the longest by a Terps tight end since Jason Goode had a 57-yarder at Clemson (11/4/06) ... combined with Will Yeatman's three catches, it marked the most receptions by Terrapin tight ends in a game since Goode and Joey Haynos combined for eight against Boston College (11/10/07) ... caught one pass for 9 yards against Wake Forest (10/30) ... had two receptions for 40 yards, including a 29-yarder (second-longest of his career), vs. East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29).
As a Redshirt Freshman (2009): Played in 11 games, including one start, at tight end ... also saw time on special teams ... started the season opener vs. Cal (9/5) ... caught one pass for 9 yards vs. Rutgers (9/26) ... did not see action vs. NC State (11/7).
As a Freshman (2008): Played in two games on special teams ... injured his ankle and did not play the rest of the season ... earned a redshirt season ... enrolled in January and took part in spring practice, though limited by a shoulder injury.
At Hunterdon Central Regional High School: A four-star recruit by Scout.com ... an all-state and all-county selection as a senior in 2006 when he had 28 catches for 400 yards and four touchdowns ... also netted 76 tackles and eight sacks on the defensive side of the ball as the Red Devils finished 9-3 and won the 2006 state championship ... also lettered in lacrosse, where he led the Red Devils to three consecutive state titles (2005-07) ... an all-state and honorable mention All-America selection in lacrosse ... team won conference championships in 2006 and 2007 ... also recruited by Pittsburgh, North Carolina, and Vanderbilt ... coached by Matt Perotti.
Personal: Parents are Nancy and Roger Furstenburg ... father played football at Richmond ... has two older sisters, Jill, who played basketball at College of Charleston, and Allison, who played lacrosse at Richmond ... also has a younger brother, Mike ... graduated in May 2011 with a degree in family science ... currently enrolled in a real estate graduate certificate program.