Cornerback Rosen to return to Terps

January 21, 1992|By Mike Preston and Doug Brown C

Maryland senior cornerback Scott Rosen said last night he will play at the school next season, taking advantage of the medical redshirt granted to him by the NCAA last week.

Rosen, a two-year starter, suffered back and leg injuries in the Terps' season opener last year against Virginia and missed the 10 remaining games.

Rosen, 5 feet 11 and 188 pounds, won the appeal, but had said he did not know if he was going to return to Maryland because he had been invited to the NFL scouting combine next month in Indianapolis.

In another Terps development, Mel Foels, Arizona State's defensive coordinator the past two seasons, was named Maryland's inside linebackers coach by new coach Mark Duffner yesterday.

Foels was looking for a job when Duffner contacted him. The contract of Arizona State coach Larry Marmie was not renewed after last season, leaving his assistants without jobs as well.

"Mel is a guy with great experience," Duffner said. "I've known him for a while, from coaches conventions and hearing him speak at clinics. He had other opportunities, but the Maryland job appealed most to him."

Under Foels last season, Arizona State's defensive unit ranked second in the Pac-10. Foels coached the outside linebackers at Tennessee from 1984-89 before joining Marmie in Tempe in 1990. Marmie and Foels coached together at Eastern Kentucky, Tulsa, North Carolina and Tennessee.

In his four years at North Carolina, Foels' prize pupil was linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who became a Pro Bowl member with the New York Giants.

Foels, a Toledo, Ohio, native, played guard and linebacker for Bowling Green from 1961-64. His first job was at Iowa Wesleyan College, where, as head coach from 1967-72, he led his teams to four Prairie Conference titles and was the league's Coach of the Year three times. He has been an assistant coach at six colleges since then.

Foels, 48, is the eighth assistant appointed to Duffner's staff, with one more to be named.

Rosen decided to return after meeting with Duffner for nearly 30 minutes yesterday.

"I didn't want to commit until I met with the coaches," said Rosen, who was one of three captains from a year ago. "I wanted to know their plans, their philosophies, and I really liked them. They're pretty excited about next season and so am I."

Duffner said: "It's terrific that he is coming back. He has performed well here, and has great leadership abilities, according to his peers."

Duffner said he also is still talking with freshman place-kicker Dave DeArmas about remaining at the school. DeArmas is considering transferring to Miami.

"I expect him to make a decision soon," said Duffner. "Classes begin tomorrow [today]."

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