WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Fiume, Terps Sports Photography)

2007 Statistics

Coach: Ralph Friedgen
56-31, 7 years
2007 Record: 6-7
at FIU WON 26-10
at Wake Forest LOST 24-31 (OT)
at Rutgers WON 34-24
at North Carolina LOST 13-16
at Florida State LOST 16-24
at NC State WON 37-0
Oregon State LOST 14-21

2007 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2008 Outlook

Maryland Terrapin football is under major reconstruction. Not just from an offensive standpoint under new coordinator/QB coach James Franklin, and not just due to the new 3-3-5 defensive alignment the Terps are now trying to implement. It is mostly so from the actual construction going on with Byrd Stadium. Tyser Tower’s new luxury boxes show the university is making a commitment to the future of Terrapin football. It’s just too bad girders and bolts can’t also pose an easy fix for what ails the Terps’ gridiron proceedings.

Head coach Ralph Friedgen's résumé is well documented in this metropolitan area. His first three years resulted in three 10-plus-win seasons. Such results mean these turtles now have expectations riding on their shells, and Coach Ralph hasn’t come close since those first three magical years to equaling the same level of success. The new 12-game regular slate elicited nine wins in 2006. But last fall saw the Terp’s win total diminish as the season closed - losing five of their last seven games still stings, and the emotional toll heaps even more on the team’s collective shell.

The promise that was shown early when Chris Turner took over the starting QB duties has decreased, which now means the same pessimistic ‘broken record’ gets played for the fifth straight season – QB woes will cost Maryland any chances to contend, both in the ACC and nationally. Some outsiders might look at this situation and see a strength based on the fact there are three experienced names on the depth chart. But the fact is that none of these signal callers have shown the ability to be a threat, outside of a few bright moments under Turner. The run game and OL will save this offense no matter who takes the snaps, and that would be the foundation needed upon which Friedgen can build a passing attack. RBs Green and Scott are quality speedsters, possibly the best RB tandem in the ACC no one has heard of yet. The staff will have to make profound use of these two (and the excellent linemen) in an effort to keep a very inexperienced defense off the field. The spring game was purposely bland so the coaching staff didn’t have to show their cards (no 3-3-5 alignment), which is too bad considering the defensive line and secondary are colossal question marks full of new faces and ones that have yet to prove they can successfully perform at this level.

The biggest move comes from the coaches’ box, where Friedgen finally relinquished the double duty of head coach/offensive coordinator. James Franklin takes over the play calling now, and what is ready to be put into place is a West Coast offense based on the short passing game. The Terps have not been able to stretch the field for the past five seasons. Instead of trying to beat a dead horse, Franklin must have seen the writing on the wall – he’s decided to stick with something he knows these QBs can at least accomplish to some extent...throwing it short. The old option attack Friedgen became best known for (even going back to his days as an OC at Georgia Tech) has completely disappeared. The system being utilized today is far removed from the ones used during those 10-win seasons.

D-Coordinator Chris Cosh has had problems stuffing the run, especially when facing better opposing OLs with quality ball carriers behind them. His hands are full in rebuilding this dimension since the DL has been gutted on the inside. Thank goodness West Virginia is not on the schedule this time around. But a home game with new OOC opponent Cal takes the place of the Mountaineers. This will be the only game the Terps are not likely favored to win through their first four. This will be a big measuring stick before the better conference foes come-a-callin’.

Don't expect the Terps to garner any preseason top 25 considerations. On the other hand, they are certainly worthy of earning a spot in a post-season game. Maybe it’ll be against Navy in the Congressional Bowl, the newest bowl game recently approved by the NCAA to be played in Washington, DC (burrrr!) starting this season, either at RFK Stadium or Nationals Park. The contest will pair an ACC team versus Navy as part of the contract.

The Terps need to be ready to go quick as their Labor Day weekend home opener is against FCS (formerly I-AA) opponent Delaware. The new Blue Hen QB will be Ohio State transfer Rob Shoenhoft. Standing a 6'6 and 244 pounds, he was the top rated high school QB out of the state of Ohio in 2005 and the Blue Hens versatile no-huddle, spread offense is sure to give a new Terrapin defense fits. They beat Navy last year and do not make for an appetizing opponent. Then again, Delaware may not be ready for the kind of artillery RBs Scott and Green bring to the boat.

Projected 2008 record: 7-5
QB - 3 DL - 2.5
RB - 3.5 LB - 3.5
WR - 3.5 DB - 3
OL - 4 ..
2007 Statistical Rankings
Total Off:
Sacks Allow:
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Passing: Chris Turner, 153-241-7, 1958 yds., 7 TD

Rushing: Da'Rel Scott, 14 att., 135 yds., 0 TD

Receiving: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 51 rec., 786 yds., 3 TD

Scoring: Obi Egekeze, 17-23 FG, 36-36 PAT, 87 pts.

Punting: Travis Baltz, 68 punts, 40.9 avg.

Kicking: Obi Egekeze, 17-23 FG, 36-36 PAT, 87 pts.

Tackles: Dave Philistin, 124 tot., 54 solo

Sacks: Adrian Moten, Jeremy Navarre - 5.5 each

Kevin Barnes, 4 for 55 yds.

Kickoff Returns: Da'Rel Scott, 26 ret., 21.8 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Danny Oquendo, 15 ret., 8.2 avg., 0 TD


CB Kevin Barnes (PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Fiume, Terps Sports Photography)
OFFENSE: Keon Lattimore-TB, Lance Ball-TB, Joey Haynos-TE, Jason Goode-TE, Andrew Crummey-OG
DEFENSE: Dre Moore-DT, Carlos Feliciano-DT, Isaiah Gardner-CB, Christian Varner-SS, J.J. Justice-FS, Erin Henderson-WLB (NFL)

Not much seems to be settled as to who is going to be taking the predominant amount of snaps. Neither senior Jordan Steffy nor juniors Chris Turner and Josh Ports has taken control to give an emphatic answer to the team's biggest offensive question. The future seemed to be secured when Chris Turner stepped in during the sixth game of last year at Rutgers to replace Steffy and led the Terps to a resounding win. From then on, Turner’s production was of mixed consistency. His arm gives this offense the ability to stretch the field, an aspect that has been desperately needed. Turner didn’t relinquish his starting role until this spring, when Steffy surprised many by earning the start in the spring game. The reason Steffy jumped past Turner is because new coordinator James Franklin, who returns to Maryland after handling the same position at Kansas State the past two years, says so. Franklin is also the new Terp QB coach. A ‘West Coast’ offense has been installed and Steffy seems better prepared to handle what Franklin is attempting to accomplish...that is, a solid short passing game. Steffy has been a huge disappointment in his previous campaigns in respect to turnovers, sacks and an inability to move the offense. Prior to his season-long suspension due to an academic violation, Portis had not demonstrated the dual-threat potential most had hoped for after he transferred from Florida. Expect Franklin to utilize all three QBs over the course of the season until one proves capable of consistently moving the sticks. Friedgen says he will wait until the fall to sort out the QB quandary. Our best bet says Turner is the most capable based on what all three have done thus far in their collegiate careers.

One aspect is certain: despite losing both senior RBs Keon Lattimore and Lance Ball, this rushing attack is going to be special. Da'Rell Scott and Morgan Green stole the spring game spotlight with their spectacular skills and, even more important, their (needed) speed. Sophomore Scott was the star of the day, rushing 16 times for 113 yards. The 10,000-plus in attendance caught a first hand glimpse of their fortunate future when Scott took a handoff and blazed past some speedy DBs en route to a 75-yard score. Scott literally looked like he was shot out of a cannon on the play. Though, called back due to a penalty, it left incredulous jaws drooped wide open as Scott’s potential resonated delightfully amongst fans. His rushing partner Morgan Green, the local (White Plains, Lackey HS) product notoriously remembered for being Ralph Friedgen's recruiting choice over WVU star Steve Slaton three years prior, is now 15 pounds heavier. He carried the ball 11 times for 68 yards in the same scrimmage. Nagging injuries have been an issue with both backs the past two seasons; each has had to watch from the sidelines while buried on the depth chart. So it remains to be seen how this health factor plays out. Pounding the ball between the tackles will not be guaranteed. Speaking of such, the FB position is in good shape with Morgantown junior Cory Jackson starting (since the end of his true freshman season.) Jackson, one of the toughest players on the team, doesn't carry the ball much; though, he is one of the best blockers in the conference and has the chops if given the rock.

This may be the deepest group to lineup at receiver in College Park for quite some time. The headliner is easily third-year starter Darrius Heyward-Bey. He is the ultimate weapon in terms of making plays and has accumulated 96 receptions for 1,480 yards in his first two campaigns. The lagging aerial attack has not been the fault of this unit (see QB section). Isaiah Williams has tremendous physical skills, and Danny Oquendo will continue to be the ‘go to’ guy on third-downs. They are the veterans of the unit. LaQuan Williams had a breakout redshirt freshman season before a late-season knee injury forced him out. This is an extremely fast group that will rotate a good many faces outside of Heyward-Bey, who should be an every down WR. The problem is this offense continues to gyrate towards the short passing game. These WRs are not built for this type of game, for the speed and talent are limited in their potential too often since the ball rarely goes deep and defenders know this fact. Gone are two solid TEs. The good news is that Maryland had three, which puts senior Dan Gronkowski in a spotlight where he should flourish. While waiting patiently, Gronkowski got labeled as a blocking TE; he is now the toughest Terp snarler over the (deep) middle. This new offense will still employ the two-tight end sets, but the difference now is that one of the TEs will line up in the "F" spot on the depth chart…in other words, similar to being in the slot position. Heralded recruit Drew Gloster will finally be expected to increase his production here while some very talented freshmen keep this unit's cupboard stocked.

Fortunately, it all starts up front since this is the team’s best unit on paper. Including the TE, this starting front wall contains five seniors and a junior, all returning starters. The problem the past few seasons - that has unfortunately continued on through this spring - has been the inability to keep the biggest Terps healthy. The injury bug has just wreaked havoc with this chosen group for some odd reason. None of the injuries is too serious, but piecing together a cohesive unit has held this area back and kept it from reaching its full potential. Four of the players have a combined 66 career starts. Center Edwin Williams is the anchor with the most experience. Randolph is versatile enough to have played tackle on both sides. Burley has performed well while getting 12 starts last season despite fighting through sprains on both ankles. Depth is a concern as newbies have had to fill in this spring due to the aforementioned injuries. The Big IF is obviously this: if this group can stay 100% healthy, the underdog offense has the potential to be one of the best in the ACC as it will fly under many radar.


C Edwin Williams (PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Fiume, Terps Sports Photography)


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Jordan Steffy-Sr (6-1, 209) Chris Turner-Jr (6-4, 210)
Josh Portis-Jr (6-4, 210)
FB Cory Jackson-Jr (6-1, 245) Haroon Brown-So (5-10, 257)
TB Da'Rel Scott-So (5-11, 192) Morgan Green-So (5-11, 207)
Davin Meggett-Fr (5-8, 210)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey-Jr (6-3, 206) LaQuan Williams-So (6-1, 180)
WR Danny Oquendo-Sr (6-0, 190) Ronnie Tyler-Fr (5-10, 190)
WR Isaiah Williams-Sr (6-3, 200) Torrey Smith-Fr (6-1, 200)
TE Dan Gronkowski-Sr (6-6, 255) Tommy Galt-Jr (6-5, 259)
Lansford Watson-Fr (6-4, 250) (H-back)
OT Scott Burley-Sr (6-5, 335) Bruce Campbell-So (6-6, 285)
OG Jaimie Thomas-Sr (6-4, 339) Lamar Young-Fr (6-4, 330)
C Edwin Williams-Sr (6-3, 315) Danny Edwards-So (6-1, 276)
OG Phil Costa-Jr (6-3, 300) Jack Griffin-Sr (6-7, 308)
OT Dane Randolph-Sr (6-5, 300) Paul Pinegar-So (6-4, 275)
K Obi Egekeze-Sr (6-2, 210) David May-Sr (5-11, 196)



Herein lies the biggest problem for 2008. The front line, especially up the gut at the tackle spot, is extremely vulnerable. D-coordinator Chris Cosh has been talking about (and practicing) a new 3-3-5 scheme. But the spring game showed nothing of such a move, likely due to the inexperience of the front seven and not wanting to show the Terp’s defensive hand, per say. Both starting tackles moved on, and the depth behind them was slim at best. That why former DE Jeremy Navarre had to move inside, but it’s walk-on Olugbemi Otulaja who’s emerged from the spring as a starter. The truth is, several unproven players will earn playing time by being forced into premature action. The pass rush has not been too threatening lately, and the same guys still continue to man the outside positions (Covington and Frost). The defense indeed needs one of these two to elevate their game. While the OL may be the best unit on paper, the DL is easily the weakest link.

This unit had the potential to be extraordinary…that is, until the team’s leading tackler the past two seasons, Erin Henderson, decided to skip out early to the NFL. Who is left will still be considered defensive assets. Chase Bullock will attempt to fill Henderson's shoes on the weak side after being tagged the starter in the middle last year before injuring both ankles. He is nowhere close to equaling Erin, but Bullock does bring senior leadership to the proceedings. Seniors will man the other two spots as well. Dave Philistin and Moise Fokou each started all 13 games in ‘07. Adrian Moten has played all three spots with decent results, and promising youngster Alex Wujciak is the future of the corps. Alex has big-time talent, but a knee injury last preseason that ended his '07 campaign kept him from showing his wares. In fact, Philistin, Fokou and contributor Rick Costa all sat out while going through off-season surgery this spring. The better news here is that this unit is definitely the deepest on the defensive side. The competition at all three spots will be intense. The corps will have to show more improvement when it comes to shedding blockers since the middle of the DL isn't going to offer much help when it comes to taking on double-teams. This group can run with the best of the conference and should be capable of helping out the secondary when needed, but whether or not they can do more in terms of bolstering the run defense remains to be seen.

The secondary will have to replace three starters. The (lack of) experience/quality factor has to be a concern especially at the safety spots where the spring offered no authoritative answers. A few converted receivers - Nolan Carroll and Terrell Skinner - will attempt to crack the top of the depth chart. Such shows how limited this group is in numbers. CB Kevin Barnes led the team with four INTs last fall and will be counted on to provide the unit’s leadership. If any one player made a notable move this off-season, it’s former DeMatha H.S. SuperPrep All-American Anthony Wiseman. Wiseman has finally earned the start at cornerback opposite that of Barnes, and the spring reports have tabbed him as the most productive secondary player, picking off passes and being an overall menace to the QBs. This unit did not perform too badly a year ago (ranked 33rd nationally), but they were toasted a few times when the game was at crucial moments. Don't expect these new faces to outperform their predecessors. They will have to be on top of their game when it comes to bringing down ball carriers in the open field. This group is not known for being a bunch of big, solid tacklers. Moving to a 3-3-5 scheme makes sense with the depth at LB and so many teams utilizing a spread approach. The corners are good enough to play the man coverage needed, but this group lacks those LB-safety hybrids that work so well in the ‘enforcer’ role (fifth DB). The new scheme should prove interesting as the fresh faces hit the learning curve.


LB Dave Philistin (PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Fiume, Terps Sports Photography)


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Mack Frost-Sr (6-5, 252) Deege Galt-Jr (6-4, 264)
NT Olugbemi Otulaja-Sr (6-0, 280) Dion Armstrong-Fr (6-1, 303)
DT Jeremy Navarre-Sr (6-3, 270) Dean Muhtadi-Sr (6-3, 290)
LEO Trey Covington-Sr (6-3, 240) Rick Costa-Sr (6-1, 225)
SLB Moise Fokou-Sr (6-2, 225) Adrian Moten-So (6-2, 221)
MLB Alex Wujciak-So (6-3, 255) Ben Pooler-Fr (6-2, 230)
WLB Dave Philistin-Sr (6-2, 231) Chase Bullock-Sr (6-2, 234)
CB Anthony Wiseman-Jr (5-10, 185) Nolan Carroll-Jr (6-1, 201)
CB Kevin Barnes-Sr (6-1, 188) Richard Taylor-Sr (5-11, 193)
SS Jeff Allen-Sr (6-1, 190) Kenny Tate-Fr (6-4, 215)
FS Terrell Skinner-Jr (6-2, 214) Antwine Perez-So (6-1, 200)
P Travis Baltz-So (6-2, 200) Ted Townsley-So (6-0, 184)




The Terps continue to carry on the strong punting traditions with Travis Baltz, who earned Freshman All-American honors last season after averaging 43.1 yards per punt in league play, the second-best mark in the ACC. Maryland has not had a punt blocked in the last 98 games, the longest streak in the nation. Kicker Obi Egekeze, a former prep soccer player, had a solid junior season in just his first as a collegiate starter. He made nearly 75 percent of his kicks and was almost perfect in ACC play, nailing 13-of-14 attempts, the best in the conference. Danny Oquendo will most likely slide back into the main role as the punt returner, though Anthony Wiseman saw time there. There are a few very nice veteran options here. Kick returner Da'Rel Scott and his 566 return yards were the most ever recorded by a Maryland freshman. He is currently No. 1 on the depth chart at tailback, so whether Scott keeps his position on special teams remains to be seen.