Oct. 7, 1997
Terps Play Host to West Virginia
Try for First Three-Game Winning Streak Since 1995
The Terps hope that Byrd Stadium will be rocking come game time.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland will play host to West Virginia in its final non-conference game of the season tonight in Byrd Stadium in search of its first three-game winning streak since the beginning of the 1995 season. Maryland most recently won three consecutive games as it opened the 1995 season with four consecutive victories. One of those victories was a 31-17 victory over West Virginia on September 16. The victory in 1995 over the Mountaineers gave the Terps their first 3-0 start to a season since the 1986 season. Maryland has won four of the last six games versus West Virginia which have been played in Byrd Stadium and lead the all-time series 9-7-1 in games which have been played in College Park.
MARYLAND TERRAPINS (2-3, 1-2 ACC) VS. WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS (4-1, 2-1 BIG EAST)
Time: SATURDAY OCTOBER 11, 1997; 1:00 P.M.
Site: BYRD STADIUM/48,055 COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND
Television: MOUNTAINEER SPORTS NETWORK
"This was football the Ron Vanderlinden way, albeit with a twist. The Terps didn't commit a turnover and forced three, but they were lifted by some freshmen who haven't gotten a lot of repetitions, since their collegiate careers started the first week in August at Maryland."
Paul McMullen - Baltimore Sun - October 5, 1997
Career Total Touchdowns
18 (current), + 1 (needs) 19 (to tie Tommy Neal for 5th place all-time at Maryland)
Career 100 Yd Rushing Games
5 (current) + 1 (needs) 6 (to move into a tie for 6th place all-time at Maryland)
Career Yards Gained
1,361 (current) +15 (needs) 1,376 (to move past Tommy Neal for 12th place all-time at Maryland)
Career Rushing Yards
1,126 (current) +24 (needs) 1,150 (to move past Willie Wilson into 17th place all-time at Maryland)
17.5 (current) +1 (needs) 18.5 (to move past Gurnest Brown and Bruce Mesner into 5th place all-time at Maryland)
MARYLAND'S TRUE FRESHMAN AGAINST DUKE...
...True freshman kicker Brian Kopka kicked field goals of 31, 36 and 47 yards and added one point after touchdown;
...True freshman wide receiver Jason Hatala hauled in a 76-yard touchdown pass and broke a 48-yard play that set up the go-ahead field goal in the third quarter;
...True freshman tailback LaMont Jordan gained 70 rushing yards to run his two-week total to 205 yards (135 against Temple - 70 against Duke);
...True freshman wide receiver Doug Patterson caught a 12-yard pass in the first quarter to gain a first down a extend the Terps second drive of the game;
...True freshman return specialist Tony Jackson returned four punts to bring his team leading total to 10 returns and 27 total yards.
Brian Cummings has a 76-yard TD pass to freshhman wide receiver Jason Hatala against Duke.(file photo)
BRIAN CUMMINGS BY THE NUMBERS
2 Senior quarterback Brian Cummings has thrown only two interceptions through five games this season. Through five games in 1996, he had been intercepted six times.
3 Senior quarterback Brian Cummings is looking to lead the Terps in total offense for the third consecutive season.
5 Maryland is 5-0 during Brian Cummings's career when he throws for 200 or more yards in a single game.
15 Senior quarterback Brian Cummings has completed at least one pass to a career-high 15 different receivers this season.
66.3 Senior quarterback Brian Cummings has a career-high completion percentage of 66.3 entering today's game versus West Virginia. He has not completed a season with a percentage above 60 percent.
73.9 Senior quarterback Brian Cummings completed 17 of 23 passes against Duke for a season-high 73.9 completion percentage.
76 Senior quarterback Brian Cummings completed a career-long 76-yard pass to true freshman Jason Hatala against Duke.
249 Senior quarterback Brian Cummings has completed 249 career passes - the ninth best total in school history.
428 Senior quarterback Brian Cummings has completed 428 career passes - the ninth highest total in school history.
BARTON ADDED TO BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST
Junior Eric Barton, who is ranked second in the ACC in tackles with 64, was added to the Butkus Award watch list last week. Barton recorded 11 tackles against Duke to run his double digit tackle streak to six consecutive games. He has been credited with at least 10 tackles in each of the Terps' five games this season and the 1996 season finale against Florida State.
OGBOGU LEAVES DEVILS FEELING BLUE
Senior defensive end Eric Ogbogu recorded four tackles, one fumble recovery, one caused fumble and one pass broken up against Duke. His pass break up led to Paul Jackson's third quarter interception giving him a hand in all three of the turnovers caused by the Terps defense.
OGLE WITH A CAREER-HIGH 15 TACKLES
Junior linebacker Kendall Ogle, a Butkus Award candidate, recorded a career-high 15 tackles against Duke. He was credited with nine solo stops and six assisted tackles.
HATALA'S CATCH IS FIFTH LONGEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
True freshman Jason Hatala's 76-yard touchdown reception against Duke on the first play from scrimmage Saturday night was the fifth longest reception in school history and longest ever by a freshman receiver.
Rank Yards Player Opponent Date
1. 88 James Milling N. Carolina Nov. 1, 1986
2. 82 Roland Merritt Miami (Ohio) Nov. 8, 1969
3. 80 Jermaine Lewis West Virginia Sept. 18, 1993
4. 78 Jermaine Lewis N. Carolina Sept. 11, 1993
5. 76 Jason Hatala Duke Oct. 4, 1997
CUMMINGS' PASS TO HATALA WAS HIS CAREER LONG
Senior co-captain Brian Cummings' 76-yard touchdown pass to Jason Hatala on the first play of scrimmage against Duke was the longest completion of his Maryland career. It marked the longest completion by a Maryland quarterback since Scott Milanovich hooked up with Jermaine Lewis for an 80 yard completion against West Virginia on Sept. 18, 1993.
Rank Yards Receiver Opponent Date Result
1. 76 Jason Hatala Duke Oct. 4, 1997 TD
2. 50 Mancel Johnson N. Carolina Sept. 9, 1995 TD
3. 48 Brian Underwood Wake Forest Oct. 19, 1996 TD
4. 48 Bruce James Duke Sept. 23, 1995 TD
5. 42 Harold Westley N. Illinois Aug. 31, 1996
CUMMING'S CONNECTION WITH HATALA LONGEST SINCE 1995
Senior co-captain Brian Cummings's completion to true freshman Jason Hatala was the longest of his career and his longest since a 50-yard touchdown pass to Mancel Johnson against North Carolina on September 19, 1995.
IT HAPPENED FOR THE FIRST TIME AGAINST DUKE...
...Redshirt junior Paul Jackson intercepted his first career pass;
...True freshman Jason Hatala scored his first career touchdown;
...Redshirt junior Kendrick Walton caught his first pass of the season;
...True freshman Brian Kopka kicked his first career field goal.
MARYLAND'S RECEIVERS BY THE NUMBERS
3 Three of Maryland's first-year players - Moises Cruz, Omar Cheeseboro and Jason Hatala - have caught one touchdown each.
4 True freshman LaMont Jordan caught a career-high four passes against Duke.
4 Redshirt freshman Mike Hull has caught at least one pass in four consecutive games and had two receptions against Florida State.
5 Redshirt junior Bruce James caught a career high five passes against Duke. He has now caught 10 passes in the last three games.
11 Different players have caught at least one pass for 10 yards or more.
15 Different players have caught at least one pass this season.
151 True freshman Jason Hatala leads all Terp receivers with 151 total receiving yards - 129 of which came against Duke.
17 Redshirt junior Kendrick Walton caught his first pass of the 1997 season against Duke - for a career-high 17 yards.
30.2 True freshman Jason Hatala leads all Terp players with a 30.2 yards per reception average.
37.8 True freshman Jason Hatala leads all true freshman with a 37.8 yards per game average.
CAREER HIGHS WERE ESTABLISHED AGAINST DUKE BY...
...True freshman LaMont Jordan with a 13-yard reception;
...True freshman LaMont Jordan with four receptions;
...True freshman Jason Hatala with a 76-yard reception;
...Redshirt freshman Omar Cheeseboro with a 16-yard reception;
...True freshman Brian Kopka with a 47-yard field goal;
...Redshirt junior Kendrick Walton with a 17-yard reception.
BRIAN CUMMINGS' 200 YARD PASSING DAYS
Senior co-captain Brian Cummings, one of only three quarterbacks in the ACC who has thrown two or fewer interceptions, threw for 200 yards or more for the fifth time in his career as he passed for a season-high 242 yards against Duke. The Terps are now 5-0 during Cummings's career when he throws for 200 or more yards a single game.
Rank Yards Opponent Date Outcome
1. 299 Duke Sept. 23, 1995 W, 41-28
2. 242 Duke Oct. 4, 1997 W, 16-10
3. 224 Wake Forest Oct. 19, 1996 W, 52-0
4. 222 Wake Forest Oct. 7, 1995 W, 9-6
5. 205 Alabama-Birmingham Sept. 7, 1996 W, 39-15
TERPS IN THE FIRST QUARTER
Entering today's game versus West Virginia, the Terps are outscoring their opponents, 21-17, in the first quarter of the first five games of the season. The Terps have not allowed a first quarter point in three consecutive games and in four of the five games this season. Only Florida State has been able to get on the scoreboard in the first quarter against the Terps' defense this season.
SCORING DEFENSE IS IMPROVING
Maryland allowed a season low 10 points against Duke and has allowed only 31 points (15.5 points per game) in its last two games, both of which have been victories. The Terps have not allowed any first quarter points in the last two games and have dramatically cut their points allowed per quarter on their current two game winning streak.
Gms 1-3 Gms 4-5 Improvement
Points Allowed 111 (37.0) 31 (15.5) -21.5 ppg
First Quarter Points 17(5.6) 0 (0.0) -5.6
Second Quarter Points 34 (11.3) 10 (5.0) -6.3
1st Half Points 51 (17.0) 10 (5.0) -12.0
Third Quarter Points 31 (10.3) 14 (7.0) -3.3
Fourth Quarter Points 29 (9.7) 7 (3.5) 6.2
2nd Half Points 60 (20.0) 21 (10.5) -9.5
SECOND LONGEST NON-CONFERENCE MATCH-UP IN SERIES ANNALS
Today's meeting of the Terrapins and the Mountaineers marks the 35th game between the two schools. It is Maryland's second longest non-conference match-up for the Terps. The series, which is tied 16-16-2, trails only Maryland's 37 meetings with Penn State. Maryland and West Virginia have met every year since 1980.
MARYLAND AGAINST THE BIG EAST
Including the Terps 24-21 victory over Temple on September 27, Maryland leads the all-time series against Big East teams by a 61-58-4 margin. The Terps are 22-20-2 in game played at home.
Bruce James caught three passes for 29 yards in 1996 vs. West Virginia.
CURRENT MARYLAND PLAYERS AGAINST WEST VIRGINIA
9/17/94 Brian Cummings rushed for 29 yards on three attempts (9.7 yards per carry) as the Terps won 24-13 in Morgantown.
9/17/94 Buddy Rodgers rushed for nine yards on three carries as the Terps won 24-13 in Morgantown.
9/16/95 Buddy Rodgers scored on a career-long 54-yard run to give Maryland a 7-3 first quarter lead. Maryland won, 31-17, in College Park.
9/16/95 Brian Cummings passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another as Maryland won in College Park, 31-17.
9/16/95 Buddy Rodgers rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown as Maryland won, 31-17, in College Park.
9/16/95 Brian Underwood rushed for 31 yards on 10 carries as Maryland won, 31-17 in College Park.
9/16/95 Bruce James caught four passes for 52 yards as Maryland won, 31-17, in College Park.
9/16/95 Russell Edwards punted seven times for a 42.3 yards per punt average as Maryland won, 31-17, in College Park.
9/28/96 Ken Mastrole became the first freshman to start at quarterback for the Terps. He completed five passes as West Virginia won in Morgantown, 13-0.
9/28/96 Bruce James caught three passes for 29 yards as West Virginia won in Morgantown, 13-0.
DEFENSE HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 175 YARDS RUSHING
Maryland's defense has held its last four opponents under 175 yards rushing and allowed only Ohio to rush for more than 175 this season. The Terps' defense has limited each of their last four opponents to 3.2 yards per carry after allowing Ohio 4.6 yards per carry in the season opener.
Opponent Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Avg. Per Carry
Florida State 30 98 3.3
N. Carolina 29 63 2.2
Temple 44 135 3.1
Duke 35 146 4.2
Games 2-5 138 442 3.2
Game 1 56 256 4.6
Improvement -1.4 ypc
JORDAN ENTERING UNCHARTED TERRITORY
Tailback LaMont Jordan, who enters today's game versus West Virginia ranked sixth in the ACC in rushing, became the first true freshman to lead Maryland in rushing in consecutive games since Bren Lowrey led the 1986 Terps against North Carolina and Penn State.
Player Dates Opponents Yards
LaMont Jordan Sept. 27/Oct. 4 Temple/Duke 135/70
Louis Carter Oct. 21-Oct. 28 Duke/Virginia 56/74
KOPKA KICKS THREE FIELD GOALS/ONE PAT AGAINST DUKE
True freshman Brian Kopka's 36-yard field goal in the second quarter against Duke Saturday was the first field goal of his career. It came on the first attempt of his career. He became the first true freshman since 1985 to kick a field goal and only the third true freshman in school history to kick a field goal. Kopka was also successful on his only point after touchdown attempt. He kicked two successful PAT's against Temple on September 27.
TRUE FRESHMAN KICKERS
True freshman Brian Kopka is one of only three players who have kicked as true freshman at Maryland. He joined former Terps Jess Atkinson and Dan Plocki when he lined-up to kick a point after touchdown against Temple on September 27. Kopka was successful on his first career extra point attempt in the second quarter and connected on his second attempt in the third quarter against Temple. In addition, Kopka was called up to kick off twice against Temple - once in the second quarter and to begin the second half. Both of his kicks went into and out of the end zone and were not returned by the Owls.
Player, Year XPTA XPTM PCT
Brian Kopka, 1997 3 3 100
Dan Plocki, 1985 20 20 100
Jess Atkinson, 1981 24 26 92.3
TOTALS 47 49 95.9
A NOTE ON THE FRESHMAN KICKERS
Maryland's trio of true freshmen kickers -- Brian Kopka, Dan Plocki and Jess Atkinson -- have combined to kick 35 consecutive extra points. Kopka, who is perfect on three attempts, and Plocki, who was perfect on 20 attempts during the 1985 season, are joined by Atkinson who was successful on his final 12 attempts of his freshman season.
CHARTING MARYLAND'S OPPONENTS
Ohio University (4-1)
Ohio def. Kent, 31-7; Ohio def. Maryland, 21-14; Kansas St. def. Ohio, 23-20; Ohio def. Buffalo, 50-0; Ohio def. E. Michigan, 31-7.
Florida State (3-0)
Fl. St. def. USC, 14-7; Fl. St. def. Maryland, 50-7; Fl. St. def. Clemson, 35-28; Fl. St. def. Miami, 47-0
North Carolina (4-0)
N. Car. def. Indiana, 23-6; N. Car. def. Stanford, 28-17; N. Carolina def. Md., 40-14; N. Car. def. Virginia, 48-20; N. Car. def. TCU, 31-10.
W. Mich. def. Temple, 34-14; Temple def. Boston Col., 28-21; Penn St. def. Temple, 52-10; Virginia Tech def. Temple, 23-13; Maryland def. Temple, 24-21; Temple def. Pittsburgh, 113.
N.C. St. def. Duke, 45-14; Northwestern def. Duke, 24-20; Duke def. Army, 20-17; Duke def. Navy, 26-17; Maryland def. Duke, 16-10.
West Virginia (4-1)
W. Virginia def. Marshall, 42-31; W. Virginia def. E. Carolina, 24-17; Boston Col. def. W. Virginia, 31-24; W. Virginia def. Miami, 28-17; W. Virginia def. Rutgers, 48-0.
Wake Forest (2-3)
Wake def. Northwestern, 27-20; E. Carolina def. Wake, 25-24; Ga. Tech def. Wake, 28-26; Wake def. N.C. State, 19-18; Virginia def. Wake, 21-14.
Clemson def. App St., 23-12; Clemson def. N.C. St., 19-17; Fl. St. def. Clemson, 35-28; Ga. Tech def. Clemson, 23-20; Clemson def. UTEP, 39-7.
Auburn def. Virginia, 28-17; Virginia def. Richmond, 26-7; N. Car. Def. Virginia, 48-20; Virginia def. Wake, 21-13.
N.C. State (3-2)
N.C. St. def. Syracuse, 32-31; N.C. St. def. Duke, 45-14; Clemson def. N.C. St. 19-17; N.C. St. def. N. Ill., 41-14; Wake def. N.C. State, 19-18.
Georgia Tech (3-1)
Notre Dame def. Ga. Tech, 17-13; Ga. Tech def. Wake, 28-26; Ga. Tech def. Clemson, 23-20; Ga. Tech def. Boston College., 42-14.
MORE ON THE FRESHMAN KICKERS
Maryland's true freshman kickers have been successful in their first career games.
Player First Game XPTA-M FGM-A
Brian Kopka Temple, 1997 2-2 0-0
Dan Plocki Wake Forest, 1985 2-2 4-5
Jess Atkinson West Virginia, 1981 1-1 2-3
MORE ON THE FRESHMEN RUNNERS
True freshman LaMont Jordan leads the Terps in rushing with 294 yards entering today's game versus West Virginia. Jordan's 294 yards this season ranks as the third best single season effort by a Maryland true freshman in school history.
Rank Player Yards YPC Year
1. Steve Atkins 491 5.6 1975
2. Harold Westley 421 4.5 1996
3. LaMont Jordan 294 4.8 1997
4. Rick Badanjek 274 4.4 1982
5. Mark Mason 216 4.0 1990
GETTING THE TIGHT END INVOLVED IN THE OFFENSE
Redshirt freshman Mike Hull, who earned a mention in the October 6, 1997 issue of Sports Illustrated, has five catches this season for 34 yards. Combined with redshirt senior Tim Brown's catch for 10 yards against Ohio, Maryland's tight ends have caught six passes for 44 yards this season. During the 1994, 1995 and 1996 seasons, Maryland's tight ends caught five passes for 34 yards - total.
Passes Caught by Tight Ends
Year No. Yards
1997 6 44
1994, 95, 96 5 34
CUMMINGS CONTINUES TO SHOOT UP ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE CHART
Senior co-captain has completed a career-high 66.3 percent of his passes this season to move into seventh-place all-time at Maryland.
TERPS TOP CAREER COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Senior co-captain Brian Cummings enters today's game versus West Virginia in seventh-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
5. .5881 387/658 Neil O'Donnell 1987-89
6. .582 127/218 Dale Betty 1958-60
7. .581 249/428 Brian Cummings 1994-Present
8. .571 52/91 Ben Kinard 1973-74
9. .569 305/537 John Kaleo 1991-92
10. .553 251/454 Stan Gelbaugh 1981-85
Redshirt junior Paul Jackson recorded his first career interception against Duke to bring Maryland's team total to six this season. Through five games last season, the Terps defensive backs had five interceptions. As recently as 1993, Maryland totaled five interceptions for the entire season.
TERPS AMONG THE ACC LEADERS ENTERING THE WEST VIRGINIA GAME
1 Lewis Sanders is ranked first in the ACC in interceptions with a 0.6 interceptions per game average.
2 Lewis Sanders is ranked second in the ACC in punt returns with a 26.6 yards per return average.
6 Tailback LaMont Jordan is ranked sixth in the ACC in rushing with a 58.8 yards per game average.
6 Quarterback Brian Cummings is ranked sixth in the ACC in passing efficiency with a 135.31 percentage rating.
9 Tailback Brian Underwood is ranked ninth in the ACC in rushing with a 43.8 yards per game average.
9 Quarterback Brian Cummings is ranked ninth in the ACC in total offense with a 99.6 yards per game average.
11 Brian Kopka is ranked 11th in the ACC in field goals per game and is one of only three kickers who is perfect on at least two attempts this season. In addition, his 47-yard field goal against Duke is tied for the second longest in the ACC this season.
14 Tailback LaMont Jordan is ranked 14th in the ACC in total offense with a 58.8 yards per game average.
18 Tailback Lamont Sanders is ranked 18th in the ACC in total offense with a 70.4 yards per game average.
Maryland enters the West Virginia game ranked among the nation's top 10 schools in turnover ratio.
TERPS TIME OF POSSESSION - A TELLING STATISTIC
Maryland held the ball against Duke for 34:51 - nearly 10 minutes more than the Blue Devils. That allowed the Terps to run 60 offensive plays and a season-high 309 yards of total offense. The Terps have held the ball for at least 30 minutes in each of their games.
Opponent Maryland TOP Opponent TOP
Ohio 31:05 28:55
Fl. State 30:39 29:21
N. Carolina 31:36 28:24
Temple 30:27 29:33
Duke 34:51 25:09
Average 31:42 28:16
AVERAGE GAIN PER PLAY AGAINST DUKE IS A SEASON HIGH
Maryland gained a season-high 309 yards of total offense and a season-high 5.2 yards per play against Duke.
KOPKA NEARLY TIES SCHOOL RECORD FOR TRUE FRESHMAN KICKERS
True freshman kicker Brian Kopka nearly tied the school record for longest field goal by a true freshman when he kicked a 47-yarder against Duke. The school record for longest field goal by a true freshman is 48 yards by Jess Atkinson against N.C. State on September 26, 1981. During his career, Atkinson kicked three field goals of 40 yards or more and Dan Plocki kicked three which were 40 yards or more.
SANDERS'S INTERCEPTION YARDAGE
Sophomore Lewis Sanders, the ACC leader in interceptions, has more yards on interception returns (99) than Maryland's opponents combined (44).
EDWARDS JOINS TERPS ALL-TIME TOP 10
Redshirt junior punter Russell Edwards punted six times against Duke to bring his career total to 118. His 118 punts places him in 9th all-time at the University of Maryland. Dan DeArmas (1988-91) is the career leader with 268 career punts.
Rank Player Years Punts Edwards Needs to Pass
1. Dan DeArmas 1988-91 268 +156
8. Alan Sadler 1982-83 132 +13
9. Russell Edwards 1995-Present 118
RODGERS NAMED TO DOAK WALKER AWARD LIST
Senior tailback Buddy Rodgers, who has accumulated 117 all-purpose yards and one touchdown this season (66 rushing/32 receiving/19 kickoff return yards) is 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.
BRIAN CUMMINGS AS THE TERPS' STARTING QUARTERBACK
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
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
Sept. 6 Ohio L, 14-21
Sept. 13 at Fl. State L, 7-50
Sept. 20 N. Car. L, 14-40
Sept. 27 at Temple W, 24-21
Oct. 4 Duke W, 16-10
44 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.
Current Terps in the National Football League
J.B. Brown Steelers
Boomer Esiason Bengals
Kevin Glover Lions
Steve Ingram Bucs
Clarence Jones Saints
Jermaine Lewis Ravens
Scott Milanovich Bucs
Neil O'Donnell Jets
Frank Reich Lions
Chad Scott Steelers
Al Wallace Jaquars
Larry Webster Ravens
Frank Wycheck Oilers
Scott Zolak Patriots
CUMMINGS, E. HICKS AND OGBOGU NAMED AS CAPTAINS
Seniors Brian Cummings, Eric Hicks and Eric Ogbogu were chosen by their teammates to serve as captains for the 1997 season. The captains were selected Friday, August 29. Cummings is a starter for the third consecutive season at quarterback, while Hicks and Ogbogu have been mainstays on the defensive line since their arrival together in 1994.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Buddy Rodgers, a Doak Walker Award candidate as the nation's top running back, needs only 15 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 school's 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 + 15
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) and WINX - AM (1600) 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.
TERPS ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB
All of the latest and most up-to date information on every aspect of Maryland athletics can be found on the World Wide Web at www.umterps.com. Net users can find the latest information of each of Maryland's 24 athletic teams, purchase tickets to upcoming events and find information on many other aspects of the Department of Athletics at Maryland.
THE RON VANDERLINDEN TELEVISION SHOW
The Ron Vanderlinden television show can been see in the Washington, D.C. / Metropolitan area on Home Team Sports on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. and Fridays at 3:30 p.m. and on WNVT - TV 53 on Friday's at midnight. In addition the Ron Vanderlinden Show can been seen on the following outlets: SportSouth (Fridays at 4:00 p.m.); Sunshine Network (Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.); Empire Sports (Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.); Comcast of New Jersey (Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.) and Charter Communications of Alhambra, Calif. (Thursdays at 11:30 p.m.)
RON VANDERLINDEN ON MARYLAND'S RADIO SPORTSLINE
John Wagner, University System Radio-TV Director, provides actualities and interviews for radio with Maryland football coach Ron Vanderlinden. Stations can access these sound bites by calling the Sportsline at (301) 779-6397.
MARYLAND GRIDIRON NETWORK AUCTION - DINNER
The Maryland Gridiron network (MGN) is sponsoring an auction-dinner to help support the Terrapin football program. The auction-dinner will be held Saturday April 18, 1998 at the Inn and Conference Center on the University of Maryland Campus. In addition to the auction-dinner, those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet and visit with he coaching staff and former players. For further information, please contact Ed Thomas (717) 352-4548 or Karyl Henry in the football office (301) 314-7096.