On Melendez: Senior who will get the most significant playing time of his career in 2005 ... was slowed by a hamstring injury last year but has good speed and very good hands ... uses his hands well to create space between himself and the defender ... a good route runner ... also serves as a backup holder ... posted a 39-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash in spring testing ... has run sub-4.5 in the past.
2004 (Junior): Played in five games ... posted six receptions for 109 yards ... struggled with an injured hamstring much of the season ... (vs. FSU) ... caught one pass for a season-long 39 yards ... moved the Terps into FSU territory with a 39-yard catch and run up the left sideline, leading to a 43-yard field goal by Nick Novak ... (vs. TU) ... tied his career high with three receptions, totaling 42 yards ... longest catch of the game (16 yards) came in the third quarter as he found space between a pair of defenders at midfield.
2003 (Sophomore): Played in all but one game (West Virginia) ... had nine receptions for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... had two carries for 22 yards as well ... (Gator Bowl vs. WVU) ... Terps' third-leading receiver with three receptions for 61 yards ... had a 44-yard reception in the third quarter which set up a Nick Novak field goal ... (at WFU) ...finished with two receptions for 27 yards and one touchdown ... made a nice move to break off his defender in the end zone for the second touchdown reception of his career in the second quarter ... made a leaping grab along the right sideline for 13 yards in the first quarter ... (vs. UNC) ... took an end-around for a 14-yard gain in the third quarter ... (at EMU) ... scored his first career touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Scott McBrien during the fourth quarter, in which he twisted his way into the end zone after the catch ... (at NIU) ... had the Terps' second-longest reception (15 yards) on his only catch of the game.
2002 (Freshman): Played in each of the final 11 games of the season ... had six receptions for 62 yards ... (at Duke) ... had three receptions for 37 yards, both season-highs ... hauled in a 25-yard reception in the third quarter ... (vs. EMU) ... saw the first action of his collegiate career and made two catches for 15 yards.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and starter at J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pa. ... named Associated Press Big Schools all-state and All-East by Student Sports Magazine as a senior ... also was named to the Patriot-News "Platinum 33" all-star team and to all-region teams by SuperPrep and PrepStar ... voted the Lancaster-Lebanon League's wide receiver of the year ... formed a dangerous combination with quarterback Perry Patterson, who was expected to sign with Syracuse ... helped McCaskey to a 10-2 overall record, league co-championship and a district runner-up showing in 2001...finished his three-year career ranked among the top five receivers in school history ... in three years, he totaled 87 receptions for 1,838 yards (21.1 average) and 17 touchdowns ... also participated on the track and field team, competing in the triple jump (44-11), 100 meters (10.8) and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays ... helped McCaskey to the county track championship in 2001 ... also recruited by Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Pitt, Penn State and Duke ... high school coach was Scott Feldman.
Personal: Daniel Melendez was born February 16, 1984, in Bronx, N.Y. ... son of Diana and Al McHenry ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice.
Receiving G-GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long 2002 11-0 6 62 10.3 0 25 2003 12-0 9 136 15.1 2 44 2004 5-0 6 109 18.2 0 39 Career 28-0 21 307 14.6 2 44