Coach: Ralph Friedgen
10-2-0, 1 year
2001 Record: 10-2
at Wake Forest WON 27-20
at Georgia Tech WON 20-17 (OT)
DUKE WON 59-17
at Florida State LOST 31-52
at North Carolina State WON 23-19
Florida LOST 23-56

2001 Final Rankings
AP-11, Coaches-10, BCS-10

Defensively, Maryland revolves around middle linebacker EJ Henderson, the clear leader for the Butkus Award.
2002 Outlook

Counting stars by candlelight, the question on many people's mind in the college football world: Just how good is 2001 Coach of The Year Ralph Friedgen? Was Maryland a product of coaching alone? Not so fast. There was, and still is, plenty of returning talent to work with, more than most new coaches have to start their tenure. QB Shaun Hill was a major reason for last season's success, finding his replacement is crucial if a repeat of last year's standards are to remain in tact. The projected starter Chris Kelley is out after sustaining a devastating knee injury in the spring. That leaves two fresh faces that have never seen action in Division I-A play, Scott McBrien and Orlando Evans. All-American shifty running back Bruce Perry will play a major role. But the biggest surprise of 2001 was the offensive line. Guess what, they are all back except for one spot. The best player on the team is linebacker E.J. Henderson, as he surprised everyone by announcing he would come back for his senior season. What an amazing player, almost a one-man defense at times. However, the weaknesses are still quite evident in the defensive back department. Since many of the mainstays have departed, coaches will need a miraculous recovery while working with fresh faces. The Terps have a nice recovery period on the schedule in September with a home schedule featuring top competition…top of the cupcake that is as Akron, Eastern Michigan, and Wofford get added on the 2002 slate. The problem is that the first three opponents feature Notre Dame and FSU, little time for a new quarterback to locate his rhythm. The odds show a likely 1-2 start. But if the newcomers can learn from the experience, the rest of the schedule could equal many more victories. The storyteller makes no choice. Soon you will not hear his voice. His job is to shed light, and not to master. But since we can be bought with gold, we'll lay it on the line: An ACC title won't be easy, as a target on the chest will precede each fall Saturday. Ralph Friedgen needs to reach deep into his magic hat for any BCS hopes, but don't count his troops out just yet. The red & white folks from College Park will be far from average before the season ends, and a New Years Day bowl seems a likely possibility. The lady with a fan inside the beltway is anticipating an all-time frenzy, and the whistle is screaming TERRAPIN!

Projected 2002 record: 9-5

The injury to QB Chris Kelley stands out as the most important injury situation of the spring, but it's not the only one. Two of Maryland's key players, LB E.J. Henderson and RB Bruce Perry, both sat out the spring. Henderson had surgery early in the spring to remove bone spurs in his back, while Perry sat out the spring rehabbing from an abdominal injury that he played through late last season. Both are expected to return for preseason practice in August.
QB - 2 DL - 3
RB - 5 LB - 4
WR - 3.5 DB - 2
OL - 4 ..

Passing: Latrez Harrison, 5-14-0, 25 Yards, 0 TD's

Rushing: Bruce Perry, 219 att., 1242 yds., 10 TD's

Receiving: Bruce Perry, 40 rec., 359 yds., 2 TD's

Scoring: Nick Novak, 16 FG, 41 PAT, 89 pts.

Punting: Brooks Barnard, 54 punts, 44.5 avg.

Kicking: Nick Novak, 16-25 FG, 41-42 PAT, 89 pts.

Tackles: E.J. Henderson, 150 tot., 103 solo

Sacks: E.J. Henderson, 6 sacks

Interceptions: Curome Cox, 3 for 41 yards

Kickoff returns: Rich Parson, 17 ret., 22.1 avg.

Punt returns: Rich Parson, 5 ret., 5.0 avg.


OFFENSE: Shaun Hill-QB, Marc Riley-TB, Guilian Gary-WR, Daryl Whitmer-WR, Melvin Fowler, Jr-C
DEFENSE: Charles Hill-NT, Aaron Thompson-SLB, Tony Okanlawon-CB, Tony Jackson-SS, Rod Littles-SS, Randall Jones-FS

STRENGTHS: The running backs and offensive line may be the crème of the 2002 defending ACC Champions. Last year's superb rookie contributor Bruce Perry sat out the spring with the same nagging abdominal injury that slowed him in the Orange Bowl. The vacancy has allowed the UM offense to discover that several of the gentlemen pushing for playing time are dynamite. Coach Friedgen has made many fine remarks concerning his backfield and he is dead right. Tailback Jason Crawford comes in at 6-2, 220 pounds and runs exceptionally hard. The other noticeable wheels belong to freshman Mario Mills. Either one of these three could ride the distance from Ocean City to Deep Creek Lake. Then you take the human bowling ball, monster James Lynch at fullback. Standing at a full 5-11 and 267 pounds, this kid looks like one of those huge rocks just sitting in the middle of the Potomac River. The sweetest combination with the backs for Maryland in 2002 will be the boys up front. The offensive line could be the shining star. Someone has been lighting a fire under this group since the lackluster blocking performances that were served up to LaMont Jordan two seasons ago. The big difference for last year's turn around began with the starting front and they have been moving people off the ball ever since. At receiver, Latrez Harrison has moved over from QB and was the biggest playmaker all spring. He is a straight stick clutch performer. The kicking game looks to be as solid as ever since the Terps found their man Nick Novak, who closed his freshman campaign last year in strong fashion, including a last second field goal in regulation to help defeat Georgia Tech in Atlanta, sending the Terps on to the conference crown. .


CONCERNS: One spot stands out like a sore thumb. Chris Kelley's knee injury in the spring game kicked a large dent in the Terrapin plans. Coaches do not expect him to return until late in the fall if even at all for 2002. The poor kid just cannot buy any luck. A heralded high school player out of the state's top prep school dynasty Seneca Valley, Kelley showed great promise. A left knee injury the summer before he enrolled on campus two years ago continued to linger. As the healing progress was about complete, he managed to tear the ACL on the right knee. The incumbents are Scott McBrien, a transfer from WVU, and 4-star JUCO recruit Orlando Evans from California, who just so happened to originally transfer from Oregon as Joey Harrington's back up. McBrien is your post-spring leader. Both have skills, McBrien your better passer, Evans your better runner, but the inexperience factor places coaches in a huge deficit to start August practice. Although the starting offensive line is a huge plus, the backups have caused a lot of concern, placing a priority on keeping people healthy and locating some depth. The receivers were a question mark headed into spring, but the emergence of Latrez Harrison, after switching over from quarterback, has really raised some eyebrows. He is partnered with some quality wide outs, including gasoline powered Scooter Monroe and Jafar Williams.


Returning Starters in Bold
QB Scott McBrien-So Orlando Evans-Jr / Chris Kelley-So (inj.)
FB James Lynch-Jr Chad Killian-Sr
TB Bruce Perry-Jr Jason Crawford-So
WR Scooter Monroe-Sr Derrick Fenner-Fr
WR Jafar Williams-Jr Latrez Harrison-Jr
TE Jeff Dugan-Jr Ryan Flynn-So
OT C.J. Brooks-So Eric Dumas-Jr
OG Todd Wike-Sr Ed Tyler-Jr
C Kyle Schmitt-So Jason Holman-Fr
OG Lamar Bryant-Jr Reggie Kemp-So
OT Matt Crawford-Sr Lou Lombardo-So
K Nick Novak-So ..



STRENGTHS: Defensively Maryland revolves around middle linebacker EJ Henderson, the clear leader for the Butkus Award. Last year, EJ was the teams leading tackler in every game but one. He was the ACC Player of the Year and led the conference in tackles and tackles for loss. A back surgery in the spring has kept him off the field and there is some question that he may not be able to return for the first game against Notre Dame in the Kickoff Classic. Henderson has been quoted as saying he is 85% sure of a return by then. They need him, as depth at linebacker is for the most part nothing but new faces. Leon Joe is a solid performer on the outside of the haystack. In the backfield, both cornerbacks Foxworth and Cox have good skills and are young talents but have much to prove after some lapses against upper level competition last fall. The best punter this writer has ever seen in person at a college level resides in College Park. First team All-American Brooks Barnard is a huge weapon.


CONCERNS: The roots of concern go back to last year's tale of the tape. The defensive backs were some cause for huge heartache against the big dogs. Is it a good thing that four of the mainstays have left? Not as far as depth. Injuries could really hurt this unit. There has been some shuffling of players in the fairway in an attempt to locate both starting safeties. Denard Wilson and Madieu Williams look to be the front-runners. At major void at defensive end exists as Mike Whaley left the team in February due to poor grade issues. Depth overall on defense is young and coaches will be the first to come right out and say it. Maryland has a young defense. Andrew Henley did a fantastic job of filling in for the injured Henderson at linebacker this spring, but the defense needs leaders to keep the young kids together and without EJ things could be a little rough.


Returning Starters in Bold
DE Jamahl Cochran-So Jon Condo-So
DT C.J. Feldheim-Jr William Shime-Sr
NT Randy Starks-So Akil Patterson-Fr
DE Durrand Roundtree-Sr Scott Smith-Jr
SLB Leroy Ambush-Jr Ricardo Dickerson-Fr
MLB E.J. Henderson-Sr Andrew Henley-Jr
WLB Leon Joe-Jr Curtis Williams-So
CB Domonique Foxworth-So Gerrick McPhearson-Fr
CB Curome Cox-Jr Jamal Chance-Sr
SS Dennard Wilson-Jr Ty Stewart-Sr
FS Madieu Williams-Jr Raymond Custis-So
P Brooks Barnard-Sr ..
Last year's superb rookie contributor Bruce Perry sat out the spring with the same nagging abdominal injury that slowed him in the Orange Bowl.