2010 In Review
In his 10th and final season as head coach of his alma mater, Ralph Friedgen led a team that was picked to finish last in the Atlantic Division to a 9-4 overall record, 5-3 in the ACC, and a No. 23 national ranking (AP)...Named ACC Coach of the Year for the second time, Friedgen finished with a 75-50 (.600) overall record... He was replaced by Randy Edsall on Jan. 3, 2011, beginning a new era in Maryland Football...Edsall spent the past 12 seasons at Connecticut, guiding the Huskies from the FCS to a share of the 2010 Big East Championship and a berth in the BCS Tostitos Fiesta Bowl... QB Danny O'Brien was named the ACC's Rookie of the Year and a first-team Freshman All-America after leading the Terrapins to a 7-3 record in his 10 starts, completing 57 percent of his passes for 2,438 yards, 22 TDs and only eight interceptions...WR Torrey Smith was named first-team All-ACC after finishing third in the ACC in receptions (67), second in receiving yards (1,055) and TD receptions (12)....Joining Smith on the All-ACC first team were LB Alex Wujciak (117 tackles), FS Kenny Tate (100 tackles, 4 forced fumbles) and PR Tony Logan, who led the ACC and finished third nationally in punt returns (18.1 avg.) including two for TDs...DT Joe Vellano earned 2nd-team All-ACC honors and G Paul Pinegar was named Honorable Mention All-ACC.
Friedgen, his staff and a total of 12 starters including six on offense and four on defense as well as P/PK Travis Baltz, who finished fifth in the ACC in punting (41.7 ) and made 14 of 18 FG attempts... On offense, Maryland loses both starting wide receivers in Smith, an NFL early entry, and WR Adrian Cannon (36 catches), along with Honorable Mention All-ACC G Paul Pinegar, FB Taylor Watson,big-play RB Da'Rel Scott and G Justin Lewis...Defensively, the Terps will miss LBs Alex Wujciak (381 career tackles) and Adrian Moten (14.5 career sacks), DE Drew Gloster and SS Antwine Perez.
Maryland's attacking philosophy shouldn't change with the coaching staff transition, which includes new coordinators on offense (Gary Crowton) and defense (Todd Bradford)... Edsall welcomes back 42 lettermen, including five starters on offense and seven on defense...The return of O'Brien who threw for the 3rd-most TD passes (22) by a rookie in ACC history is the centerpiece of a Terrapin offense which will have four of six starters returning to its front line including C Bennett Fulper, RG Andrew Gonnella, T R.J. Dill and TE Matt Furstenburg...Also returning are RBs Davin Meggett, Maryland's leading rusher (720 yards) and sophomore D.J. Adams, the Terps short-yardage specialist with 11 TDs... The Terps look to WRs Kevin Dorsey, Ronnie Tyler, Kerry Boykins to replace Smith and Cannon.... Defensively, the Terrapins will look to LBs Kenny Tate and Demetrius Hartsfield and DT Joe Vellano, all potential candidates for national honors, to lead an improving unit which also includes promising redshirt freshman DT Andre Monroe, DT A.J. Francis and DEs David Mackall, Clarence Murphy and Isaiah Ross on the line...LB Darren Drakeford completes the linebacker corps, while the secondary is led by CBs Cameron Chism, Trenton Hughes and Dexter McDougle as well as the talented safety tandem of Matt Robinson and Eric Franklin...A fall priority will be to stabilize the kicking game with junior Nick Ferrara, redshirt freshman Michael Tart and incoming freshman Nathan Renfro in the competition for placekicking and punting duties.
Numbers & Notes
.31 - LB Kenny Tate led the ACC and tied for 15th nationally in fumbles forced. Tate forced 4 fumbles in 13 games, a 0.31 average. He has been named to the pre-season watch lists for the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards, annually presented to the nation's top defender.
1.15 - Maryland finished fourth nationally in turnover margin in 2010. The Terrapins gained 29 turnovers while losing 14 for a +1.15 per game average.
3- Maryland PR Tony Logan finished third nationally in punt return average in 2010. Logan returned 31 punts a total of 560 yards, an 18.1 average which included returns of 84 and 85 yards for scores on back-to-back weekends.
4 - The number of Terrapins selected to the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team including P Travis Baltz, DT A.J. Francis, C Bennett Fulper and T Paul Pinegar. It was the second such selection for Francis and Pinegar, but Baltz become only the 13th football student-athlete in ACC history to make the team four straight times.
5 - Maryland QB Danny O'Brien finished fifth nationally among all freshmen in pass efficiency with a 134.54 rating. O'Brien was also third among all freshmen nationally in touchdown passes. His TD pass to interception ratio (2.75) was the second best in the nation only to Georgia's Aaron Murray.
8 - Eight teams on Maryland's 2011 schedule participated in bowl games in 2010.
560 - Maryland WR Tony Logan returned 31 punts for 560 yards in 2010. The 560 yards is the second-highest single-season total in ACC history, topped only by former Maryland standout Steve Suter, who had 771 yards in 2002.