Sept. 1, 1997
Vanderlinden Era Begins; Terps Play Host to Ohio University
The Ron Vanderlinden era at the University of Maryland begins tonight as the Terps play host to the Ohio University Bobcats in the season opener. Vanderlinden begins his first season as a head coach on any level and is Maryland's 32nd head coach in the 105-year history of the program. Vanderlinden was previously an assistant coach at the University of Colorado (1983-91) and Northwestern University (1992-96). Both the Buffaloes and the Wildcats earned wonderful success with Vanderlinden on their respective staffs. At Colorado, the Buffaloes went from 1-10 in 1984 to the National Championship in 1990. At Northwestern, the Wildcats went from 2-9 in 1993 to back-to-back Big-Ten Championships in 1995 and 1996 and an appearance in the 1995 Rose Bowl.
THE LAST TIME MARYLAND MET OHIO
TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
1 - Ron Vanderlinden is looking to become the first head coach since 1959 to win his Maryland debut. Tommy Nugent led the Terps to a victory over West Virginia in his inaugural game in 1959.
2 - Maryland has won two consecutive home openers. The Terps defeated Northern Illinois in 1996 and North Carolina to begin the 1995 season.
3 - Maryland is looking to win its third consecutive season opener for the first time since the Terps won six straight openers from 1975 through 1980.
3 - Senior Brian Cummings is looking to become only the third Maryland quarterback to win three consecutive opening day starts since the ACC was formed in 1953.
13 - Ron Vanderlinden is looking to become only the 13th coach in school history to win his inaugural game as head coach.
59.6 - Maryland has an all-time record of 61-41-1 and a winning percentage of 59.6 in 104 previous season openers.
61.0 - Maryland has an all-time record of 63-40-1 for a 61.0 winning percentage in season home openers.
75.0 - Maryland has won three of four games all-time versus schools from the state of Ohio. The Terps last game versus a team from Ohio was in 1976 (Cincinnati).
1965 - Maryland's opening day opponent in 1965 was Ohio University. The Terps defeated the Bobcats, 24-7, in Byrd Stadium on September 25.
VANDERLINDEN TO COACH INAUGURAL GAME VERSUS OHIO
TERPS IN SEASON OPENERS
TERPS IN HOME OPENERS
RODGERS NAMED TO DOAK WALKER AWARD LIST
RODGERS ON THE DOAK WALKER AWARD LIST
BUDDY RODGERS - YEAR-BY-YEAR STATISTICS Year Attempts Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns 1996 100 447 4.47 5 1995 158 718 4.54 8 1994 39 130 3.33 4 297 1,295 4.36 17
Rank Category Career Total 6th Rushing Touchdowns 17 7th Yards Per Attempt 4.44 13th Rushing Attempts 297 15th Rushing Yards 1,295
QUOTING MARYLAND FOOTBALL
1) "The most interesting coaching development occurred at Maryland, which hired Northwestern defensive coordinator Ron Vanderlinden."
2) "Ron Vanderlinden's arrival in College Park brings unbridled enthusiasm and boundless excitement in anticipation of greatness for the Maryland Terrapins. There is little doubt that his contagious enthusiasm for his program and his players will result in Maryland being on page one more than ever before."
3) "Ron Vanderlinden learned how to be a successful coach by not just working under the best coaches college football has to offer, but learning under the best coaches college football has to offer. Yet he is more than that. Vandy has the unique and unteachable quality not only to learn, but to improve every job assignment he has been given. On the field his performance is impeccable. I have covered Big Ten Football for the past 10 years and I selected him as the Big Ten assistant of the year in each of the past two years. Maryland will benefit from his off the field qualities as well. His coaching expertise and enthusiasm combined with his organizational skills make him one of the best recruiters in the country. One last point -- his players love to play for him.
4) "I think his mindset is progressive, his mindset is one slanted toward winning."
CUMMINGS IS MARYLAND'S STARTING QUARTERBACK
CUMMINGS, E. HICKS AND OGBOGU NAMED AS CAPTAINS
CUMMINGS ON THE TERPS' CAREER CHARTS
CURRENT ACC COACHES IN THEIR DEBUT GAMES
TERPS WITH THREE RUNNING BACKS OVER 400 YARDS IN 1996
1996 1984 Brian Underwood, 449 Rick Badanjek, 832 Buddy Rodgers, 447 Alvin Blount, 759 Harold Westley, 421 Tommy Neal, 618 1976 1975 Alvin Maddox, 678 Steve Atkins, 491 Steve Atkins, 621 Jamie Franklin, 485 Tim Wilson, 610 Ricky Jennings, 411 mark Manges, 448
WESTLEY WAS THIRD AMONG ACC FRESHMEN IN 1996
CURRENT TERP STREAKS
16 - Left offensive tackle Darryl Gilliam has started in 16 consecutive games dating back to October 21, 1995. All of his starts have come from the left offensive tackle position.
14 - Right offensive tackle John Feugill has started 14 consecutive games dating back to November 4, 1995. He started all 11 games at right offensive tackle in 1996 and the final three games of the 1995 season at tight end.
13 - Wide receiver Bruce James has caught at least one pass in 13 consecutive games dating back to November 11, 1995.
11 - Linebacker Eric Barton has made 11 consecutive starts dating back to August 31, 1996. He has led the Terps in tackles in four of the last nine games and started every game in 1996.
11 - Linebacker Kendall Ogle has started 11 consecutive games dating back to August 31, 1996. He was the season-long starter at his position during the 1996 season.
3 - Brian Cummings has made three consecutive starts. He started in the Terps' victory against Georgia Tech, the Terps contests against Clemson and Florida State to close out the 1996 season. He has started 10 of the last 16 and 14 of the last 22 Terp games at quarterback.
2 - Defensive end Eric Ogbogu has started two consecutive and nine of the last 11 games for the Terps on the defensive line.
ACC LEADING FRESHMEN RUNNERS
Rank Player, School Yards 1. Letavious Wilkes, Duke 554 2. Morgane Kane, Wake Forest 490 3. Harold Westley, Maryland 421
OGLE ON BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST Redshirt junior linebacker Kendall Ogle has been added to the Butkus Award watch list. Ogle recorded a career-high 75 tackles last season and was recently named as the 18th-best linebacker in the nation by Lindy's Magazine. His 75 stops last season placed him third on the team and he recorded a career-best 14 tackles against West Virginia. Ogle is one of 52 players named to the initial watch list for the Butkus Award presented annually by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Inc. to the nation's outstanding collegiate linebacker. The list will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on October 16 and three finalists will be named on November 13. The winner will be announced on December 13 in Orlando.
TOP PERFORMANCES IN SEASON OPENING GAMES SINCE 1980
OGBOGU IN THE BACKFIELD
Year Total Tackles Minus Yardage QB Sacks 1996 64 15 (-61) 7 (-41) 1995 45 13 (-75) 6 (-52) 1994 2 1.5 (-10) 1.5 (-10) Totals 111 29.5 (-146) 14.5 (-103)
BARTON LOOKING TO CONTINUE TREND
Rk Player Years Tackles 1. Ratcliff Thomas 1993, 94, 95 106, 137, 103 2. Eric Wilson 1983, 84 178, 160 Chuck Faucette 1985, 86 144, 151 Glenn Page 1989, 90 111, 102 Mike Jarmolowich 1991, 92 153, 110
BRIAN CUMMINGS AS THE TERPS' STARTING QUARTERBACK
1995 Sept. 2 Tulane W, 29-10 Sept. 9 N. Car. W, 32-18 Sept. 16 W. Virginia W, 31-17 Sept. 23 Duke W, 41-28 Oct. 21 Clemson L, 0-17 Oct. 28 at L'Ville L, 0-31 1996 Aug. 31 N. Illinois W, 30-6 Sept. 7 Ala.-Birm W, 39-15 Sept. 14 at Virginia L, 3-21 Oct. 12 at N. Car L, 7-38 Oct. 19 Wake For. W, 52-0 Nov. 2 at Clemson L, 3-35 Nov. 14 Ga. Tech W, 13-10 Nov. 23 at Fl. State L, 10-48
Cummings has an 8-6 record (57.1 winning percentage) and has started eight of the Terps' 11 victories in the last two seasons.
TERPS AT HOME AND AT NIGHT IN THE LAST TWO SEASONS
1995 Sept. 16 W. Virginia W, 31-17 Sept. 23 Duke W, 41-28 1996 Aug. 31 N. Illinois W, 30-6 Sept. 7 Ala.-Birm. W, 39-15 Nov. 14 Ga. Tech W, 13-10
Maryland has won 5 consecutive home game played at night in the last two seasons. The Terps have not lost in Byrd Stadium under the lights since November 5, 1994 when N.C. State won 47-45 on a field goal with six seconds remaining in the contest.
44 BOWLS AND 3 SUPER BOWLS
Defensive line coach Rubin Carter played in SB XXI and XII and coached in SB XXII with the Denver Broncos.
RODGERS AND UNDERWOOD ARE A PRODUCTIVE DUO
Player 1996 1995 1994 Total Buddy Rodgers 447 (2) 718 (1) 130 (3) 1,295 (1) Brian Underwood 449 (1) 290 (2) 180 (2) 919 (2) Combined Totals 896 1,008 310 2,214 number in parenthesis equals team statistical finish in given season
CUMMINGS PREPPING FOR A THREE-PEAT
Rk Player Years Yards T1. Boomer Esiason 1981, 82, 83 1,635, 2,302, 2,322 Jack Scarbath 1950, 51, 52 463, 675, 1,149
OFFENSE PRODUCTIVE WITH FEUGILL AND GILLIAM ON LINE
Offensive linemen John Feugill and Darryl Gilliam will begin the season as starters for the Terps for the second consecutive season. Feugill and Gilliam will start their 15th and 17th consecutive games respectively along the offensive line in the 1997 season opener. Feugill started all 11 games of the 1996 season at left offensive tackle and the final three of the 1995 season at tight end. Gilliam has started every Terp game at left offensive tackle dating back to October 21, 1995.
Rushing Passing Total Points-Avg. Yards Yards Offense 1996 1,490 1,485 2,975 187-17.0 1995 304 1,082 1,426 65-13.0 Totals 1,834 2,567 4,401 252-16.0 114.6 rypg 160.4 pypg 275.1 toypg 15.7 points 1995 totals include only the final five games of the season.
HISTORY OF THE UNIFORM
The Maryland football team will begin the 1997 season having undergone a number of changes since the end of last season.
Maybe the most noticeable change comes in the new black and white color scheme of the Terrapins' uniform.
At home the Terps will wear black shirts with white pants. The piping around the collar and the sleeve displays a red, white and gold checkerboard pattern.
On the road, the colors are reversed - white shirts and black pants.
The helmet is also newly designed. The helmet itself is a metallic black with a black facemask. Adorning the outside of the helmet is a red M (slanted to give it a "moving" look) and a waving segment of the state flag giving the helmet a distinctive Maryland flair.
It marks the first time since the 1991 season that the Terps have worn a predominantly back and white uniform.
When Maryland opened the 1942 season, first-year Head Coach Clark Shaughnessy changed the long standing tradition of black and gold uniforms and outfitted the team in red and white. The Stanford University team he had coached prior to coming to College Park had been attired in red and white and he insisted that color scheme would be more impressive than the traditional black and gold.
Shaughnessy left after one year to coach at the University of Pittsburgh, and for the next four years, the Terrapin football team returned to the traditional black and gold color scheme.
Shaughnessy returned to Maryland in 1946, stayed one season and changed the color scheme back to red and white.
Shaughnessy was asked to leave following the 1946 season and Jim Tatum came in, keeping the red and white because that is what he had grown accustomed to at the University of Oklahoma.
The color scheme used the dominant colors of red and white until the 1987 season when Joe Krivak unvalied black uniforms for select games.
MARYLAND'S TIES VERSUS OHIO IN THE SEASON OPENER
JIM GROBE AS A VIRGINIA CAVALIER VERSUS MARYLAND Date Result Capacity Nov. 10, 1973 Maryland 33, Virginia 0 starting middle guard Nov. 23, 1974 Maryland 10, Virginia 0 starting linebacker Nov. 22, 1975 Maryland 62, Virginia 24 graduate assistant coach Nov. 20, 1976 Maryland 28, Virginia 0 graduate assistant coach note - the 1973 and 1975 games were played in Byrd Stadium
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