Sept. 8, 1997
Terps Travel to Tallahassee to Face No. 5 Florida StateTERPS TRAVEL TO TALLAHASSEE; FACE HIGHLY RANKED FLORIDA ST.
The University of Maryland will play the first road game in the Ron Vanderlinden era today as it travels to Tallahassee to play No. 5-ranked Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference season opener for both teams. Maryland enters the game looking for its first overall victory of the season; its first ACC victory of the season and its first ever victory over Florida State. The Terps will be facing a ranked Florida State team for the sixth consecutive season. The Seminoles, who lead the all-time series against the Terps by a 7-0 margin, have been ranked within the top six in the Associated Press poll since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992.MARYLAND'S HEAD COACH RON VANDERLINDEN
Ron Vanderlinden, who helped direct Colorado to the 1990 National Championship and Northwestern to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 1995 and 1996, is in his first season at Maryland. He coached the defensive line (1983-91) and served as the recruiting coordinator (1985-86) for the Buffaloes and helped them to six bowl games. At Northwestern, Vanderlinden was the defensive architect of the 1995 Rose Bowl and 1996 Citrus Bowl participants.TERPS IN ACC SEASON OPENERS
Maryland travels to Tallahassee to play the Seminoles in the ACC season opener for both teams. Maryland holds a 25-17-2 record (59.1 winning percentage) all-time in ACC openers. The Terps most recently opened the 1995 season with a 32-18 victory over North Carolina in their conference opener on their way to a 6-5-0 finish. Maryland won its first ever ACC game as it defeated Clemson on October 2, 1953. The Terps have never opened their ACC season versus Florida State.CURRENT STREAKS
FIRST-YEAR COACHES AT MARYLAND ARE...
CUMMINGS ENJOYS STRONG OUTING VERSUS OHIO
Senior co-captain Brian Cummings enjoyed a strong outing in the season opener versus Ohio as he completed 16 of 24 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown. The 66.7 competition percentage marked the seventh time during Cummings's career that he had completed 60 percent or more of his passes in a single game. His personal best was a stellar 83.3 (10/12) performance in the Terps' 1995 season opening victory at Tulane.
Rank Pct. Comp./Att. Opponent Date 1. 83.3 10/12 Tulane Sept. 2, 1995 2. 72.4 21/29 Georgia Tech Nov. 14, 1997 3. 70.8 17/24 Ala.-Birmingham Sept. 7, 1996 4. 70.4 19/27 Duke Sept. 23, 1995 5. 66.7 16/24 Ohio Sept. 6, 1997 66.7 20/30 Wake Forest Oct. 7, 1995 7. 65.0 13/20 Wake Forest Oct. 19, 1996CUMMINGS CONTINUES TO SHOOT UP ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE CHART
Senior co-captain Brian Cummings enters today's game versus Florida State in a virtual tie for eighth place on Maryland's all-time pass completion percentage chart. His 66.7 (16/24) performance in the season opener versus Ohio upped his career percentage to 56.75 percent. Standing just ahead of Cummings is John Kaleo, who completed 56.80 of his passes from 1991-92. In his last three starts (Georgia Tech and Florida State in 1996 and Ohio in 1997), Cummings has completed 61.7 percent of his passes (51/80).TERPS TOP CAREER COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Senior co-captain Brian Cummings enters today's game versus Florida State in a virtual tie for eighth place on Maryland's all-time pass completion list.
Rank Rate Comp./Att. Player, Years 1. .6623 261/394 Bob Avellini, 1972-74 2. .6619 650/982 Scott Milanovich, 1992-95 3. .629 132/210 Frank Reich, 1983-84 4. .5882 180/306 Larry Dick, 1975-77 .5881 387/658 Neil O'Donnell, 1987-89 6. .582 127/218 Dale Betty, 1958-60 7. .571 52/91 Ben Kinard, 1973-74 8. .56797 305/537 John Kaleo, 1991-92 .56749 206/363 Brian Cummings, 1994-Present 10. .553 251/454 Stan Gelbaugh, 1981-85RODGERS NAMED TO DOAK WALKER AWARD LIST
Senior tailback Buddy Rodgers, who accumulated 87 yards of total offense and one touchdown against Ohio (61 rushing/27 receiving) is as a candidate for the Dr. Pepper/Doak Walker Award. The Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 by a partnership of Southern Methodist University and GTE to recognize and celebrate the goodness in college athletics. The partnership established the Doak Walker Award, "The National Running Back Award." In 1996, Dr. Pepper joined SMU and GTE in the partnership.QUOTING MARYLAND FOOTBALL
1) "We're looking for young men who want to build the building - not simply go to a program in place, rent space and put on someone else's jersey. I'm looking for young men of character who will cherish tradition and take Maryland back to the top."
Seniors Brian Cummings, Eric Hicks and Eric Ogbogu have been chosen by their teammates to serve as captains for the 1997 season. The captains were selected Friday, August 29. Cummings will start for the third consecutive season at quarterback, while Hicks and Ogbogu have been mainstays on the defensive line since their arrival together in 1994.YOUNG GUNS
A total of 11 freshman (six true freshman and five redshirt freshman) played collegiately for the first time against Ohio. Three of the first-timers - Ben Thomas (center), Doug Patterson (FL) and Moises Cruz (SE) were starters on the offensive side of the ball.
True Freshman Redshirt Freshman LaMont Jordan Omar Cheeseboro Tony Jackson Sean Starner Matt Kalapinski Ben Thomas Jason Hatala Moises Cruz Kris Jenkins Mike Hull Doug PattersonCRUZ - THE FAVORED RECEIVER
Redshirt freshman Moises Cruz caught a career-high six passes for a career-high 91 yards in his first career game Saturday night against Ohio. He helped provide Maryland with its second quarter lead of 14-0 as he hauled in his first career touchdown - a 35-yard strike from quarterback Brian Cummings. Cruz's six receptions was the most by a Maryland receiver since Troy Davidson caught 8 passes against Georgia Tech on November 14, 1996.CUMMINGS FROM LONG RANGE
Senior co-captain Brian Cummings hooked up from long range with redshirt freshman Moises Cruz for a 35-yard touchdown versus Ohio. It marked the seventh time in his career that Cummings had completed a touchdown pass over 30 yards. For his career, Cummings has thrown for 13 touchdowns - and more than half (53.8 percent) have come from longer than 30 yards.CUMMINGS' TOUCHDOWNS PASSES OF 30 YARDS OR MORE
Rank Yards QB-Receiver Oppt Date 1. 50 Cummings-M. Johnson N. Carolina Sept. 9, 1995 T2. 48 Cummings-B. James Duke Sept. 23, 1995 48 Cummings-Underwood Wake Oct. 19, 1996 4. 45 Cummings-J. Lewis Duke Sept. 23, 1995 5. 36 Cummings-M. Johnson Wake Oct. 19, 1996 6. 35 Cummings-Cruz Ohio Sept. 6, 1997 7. 31 Cummings-T. Davidson Fla. State Nov. 23, 1996FRESHMEN MAKE THEIR RECEIVING MARKS IN FIRST GAME
Four freshmen (two true and two redshirt) combined to catch 11 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown against Ohio in their respective first career games. Redshirt freshman Moises Cruz led the way with a career-high six receptions while fellow redshirt Omar Cheeseboro caught three passes and true freshmen Doug Patterson and LaMont Jordan caught one pass each.TERPS BY THE NUMBERS
RECEPTIONS BY CLASS AGAINST OHIO
Maryland's first-year receivers led the Terps with 11 catches for 124 total yards and one touchdown.
Class Recpts. Yards TD Fr. 11 124 1 So. 2 20 0 Sr. 3 36 0 16 180 1EDWARDS AVERAGE IS CAREER HIGH AND 10TH-BEST ALL-TIME
Redshirt junior Russ Edwards punted twice for a 44.5 yards per punt average versus Ohio. The 44.5 yards per punt ranks as the 10th best single game performance by a punter with at least two punts in a game in Maryland history. It marked the fifth time during his career that he had averaged over 40 yards per punt. Edwards's first punt of the night against Ohio traveled 42 yards and was downed at the Bobcat 5 yard line.
Rank Yards Per Punt Opponent Date 1. 44.5 Ohio Sept. 6, 1997 2. 43.5 Virginia Sept. 24, 1996 3. 42.3 West Virginia Sept. 16, 1995 4. 42.0 West Virginia Sept. 28, 1996 5. 40.7 North Carolina Oct. 12, 1996CUMMINGS' PASSES MOVING THE CHAINS
Senior co-captain Brian Cummings completed 16 passes against Ohio. Of his 16 completions, nine were for first downs and one was for a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Moises Cruz was on the receiving end of four first-down passes and fellow redshirt freshman Omar Cheeseboro moved the chains twice on three catches.KEEPING MISTAKES TO A MINIMUM
Maryland was whistled for only three penalties for 25 yards against Ohio. It marked the third time in the last two seasons that the Terps had been called for three or less penalties in a single game. The Terps were called for only two penalties against West Virginia and Clemson last season.MARYLAND VERSUS FLORIDA STATE - THE SERIES BY THE NUMBERS
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS A BONUS AGAINST OHIO
Maryland converted 60 percent (9/15) of its third down conversion attempts against Ohio. It marked the highest third down conversion percentage since the Terps converted 66.7 percent (8/12) of its attempts versus Georgia Tech on October 22, 1994. The Terps have converted their third down attempts above the 40th percentile a total of 15 times since the beginning of the 1994 season.RODGERS ON VERGE OF SCHOOL TOP-10 LIST
Senior tailback Buddy Rodgers, a Doak Walker Award candidate as the nation's top running back, enters today's game versus Florida State with 1,356 career rushing yards and needs only 245 yards to join Maryland's all-time top-10 career rushing yards list."FIRSTS" OF THE RON VANDERLINDEN ERA AT MARYLAND
Year Attempts Yards Yards Per Carry Touchdowns 1997 20 61 3.05 1 1996 100 447 4.47 5 1995 158 718 4.54 8 1994 39 130 3.33 4 317 1,356 4.28 18RODGERS' RANKINGS
Senior Buddy Rodgers, a Doak Walker Award candidate as the nation's top running back, begins his senior season as one of the most prolific running backs in school history.
Rank Category Career Total 6th Rushing Touchdowns 17 8th Yards Per Attempt 4.44 11th Rushing Attempts 317 13th Rushing Yards 1,356CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Buddy Rodgers, a Doak Walker Award candidate as the nation's top running back, needs only 20 yards to surpass Tommy Neal and become the 12th all-time leading career rusher in school history. In addition, he is in striking distance of becoming a member of the schools top-10 list.
Rank Player, Year Yards Rodgers Needs 10th Art Seymore, 1970-72 1,656 +301 11th Bren Lowrey, 1986-89 1,636 +281 12th Tommy Neal, 1983-86 1,375 +20OGLE ON BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST
Redshirt junior linebacker Kendall Ogle, who recorded eight stops against Ohio, is a candidate for the Butkus Award. Ogle recorded a career-high 75 tackles in 1996 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.CUMMINGS IN THE FIRST HALF AGAINST OHIO
Senior co-captain Brian Cummings was five for six for 78 yards and one touchdown in staking Maryland to a 14-7 half-time lead against Ohio.BROWN GAINS FIRST CAREER CATCH
Redshirt senior Tim Brown caught his first pass in a Maryland uniform against Ohio. The tight end caught an 11-yard pass from Brian Cummings on the first offensive series of the game against the Bobcats. It marked the longest reception by a Maryland tight end since Eric Henry caught a 12-yard pass from Scott Milanovich against West Virginia on September 17, 1994. Previously, Brown caught a two-point conversion pass against N.C. State on October 5, 1996. A conversion pass is not considered to be a reception in the NCAA statistics.BRIAN CUMMINGS AS THE TERPS' STARTING QUARTERBACK
1995 Sept. 2 Tulane W, 29-10 Sept. 9 N. Carolina 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 1997 Sept. 6 Ohio L, 14-21
Cummings has an 8-7 record (53.3 winning percentage) and has started eight of the Terps' 11 victories in the last two seasons.Terps in the ACC Statistics
(September 7, 1997)
B. Rodgers Rushing 8th Tot. Off. 17th Scoring T8th D. Boone Rushing 18th B. Underwood Rushing T21st B. Cummings Pass Eff. 4th Tot. Off. 8th M. Cruz Recp/Gm 5th Rcv Yd/Gm 6th Scoring T8th All Purp Yd 12th O. Cheeseboro Recp/Gme 14th L. Sanders KO Ret T6th44 BOWLS AND 3 SUPER BOWLS
Ron Vanderlinden and his staff have participated as coaches or players in 44 collegiate bowl games and three super bowls.
Defensive line coach Rubin Carter played in SB XXI and XII and coached in SB XXII with the Denver Broncos.MAKING USE OF THE TIGHT END
Redshirt senior Tim Brown's 11 receiving yards surpassed last seasons total reception yards by a Terp tight end, 8. Brown's one catch is only one less than the 1996 total of two (both by Craig Fitzgerald) and is one more than the 1995 total of zero. Maryland tight ends have caught only six passes for 45 yards in the last four years.
Season Catches by TE Yards 1997 1 11 1996 2 8 1995 0 0 1994 3 26SIMMONS MAKES HIS DEFENSIVE DEBUT
Redshirt junior Rasheed Simmons made his Maryland debut against Ohio and recorded five total tackles. The game marked his first since December 28, 1995 as a Michigan Wolverine versus Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl.TRIPLE TEAMING ON DEFENSE
Junior Kendall Ogle (14 tackles), junior Eric Barton (13 tackles) and senior Eric Ogbogu (11) led Maryland in tackles and became the first trio to record double figures in tackles since Barton (14), Ogle (11) and Ratcliff Thomas (10) against Duke on October 26, 1996. The Terps had multiple double-digit tacklers in six games during the 1996 season.TERPS ON THE AIR
All Maryland games are heard on the Learfield/Maryland Radio Network. Johnny Holliday, in his 19th season as the Voice of the Terps', handles the play-by-play while Ken Broo joins the broadcast team this season as the color analyst. WBAL (1090-AM) serves as the flagship station for the 12-station network. The Terps can be heard on WJFK - FM (106.7) in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.RON VANDERLINDEN'S WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE
Head Coach Ron Vanderlinden will meet the media each Monday at Noon on the second floor of the Tyser Tower Press Box.ACC COACHES TELECONFERENCE
Ron Vanderlinden will be among the nine ACC coaches featured on the weekly teleconference each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Coach Vanderlinden can be heard from 11:40-11:50. Each coach will make an opening statement and take questions during the 10 minute period. The number for media access only is (212) 547-0297.TERP GAMES ON TEAMLINE
Maryland fans can hear the live play-by-play of all 11 Terp games this season from any telephone in the world on TEAMLINE. Fans in the United States can dial 1-800-846-4700 and enter the Maryland Terrapins team code 5517 to access the games with a Visa or Mastercard.UPCOMING MILESTONES