Terps turn to recruiting season on victorious note Win over Clemson boosts optimism

November 16, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- The campus was still buzzing yesterday from Maryland's 53-23 win over Clemson on Saturday in the season finale at Byrd Stadium. Inside the new football team house, coach Mark Duffner was drawing up his recruiting plans.

The win over Clemson will be included. It was Maryland's first victory over the Tigers since 1985.

"The people who saw it thought it was a very positive thing for the program," Duffner said. "The upperclassmen talked about how positive it was, and I think some of the younger guys sensed the importance of winning against an established program. It's a great way for us to come off 1992 and go into the 1993 season."

A lot of the Terps believe the program has moved forward this season despite Maryland's finishing 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland lost five games by blowing leads in the fourth period.

Maryland finished 2-9 last year, folding in three of the last four games. Coach Joe Krivak eventually was pressured to resign.

"The program definitely moved forward a step," said senior linebacker Mike Jarmolowich. "The record doesn't show the emotion and the attitude that we had, but we were in all but two games against Penn State and Florida State.

"If you look at our offense, and what it accomplished in one year, you can imagine what it's going to be like when we've run it about three or four years," he said. "There is no doubt in my mind that defensively, once we get the people needed for the scheme, no one will dominate Maryland. Good things are destined for this program."

There were a number of positives in 1992. The Terps set 31 school records, including most total net yards in one season (5,127) and most passing yards in one season (3,628).

Senior wide receiver Marcus Badgett was third in the nation in receiving yards (1,240) and seventh in receptions (75). Senior quarterback John Kaleo, unproven at the beginning of the season, leads the nation in yards of total offense (3,472).

Maryland will lose seven offensive players who started against Clemson, but the Terps have adequate replacements.

Defensively, Maryland had its share of troubles this year, giving up an average of 474.2 yards of total offense. The Terps will lose seven starters, and there aren't too many quality replacements on the roster.

Duffner doesn't seem very concerned.

"I think the foundation has been laid," said Duffner. "I think first and foremost, we played hard each and every week, and that's a must. I think we developed the team concept, and this team had a sense of togetherness. They wanted to win, and I think against Clemson we showed great character after being so ineffective against Florida State. This is all very important in building a program."

But Duffner knows a team can go only so far on emotion. The Terps need more quality players, especially on defense. To get some immediate help, recruiting coordinator Kyle Lingerfelt said Maryland will recruit the junior college circuit. But Lingerfelt said the program will be built on high school prospects.

"There will be some junior college prospects that we can't get in because the standards here are tough, and that's the way they should be," said Lingerfelt. "That means we have to work harder, and we've already been out hitting such areas as California, Florida, Texas and Kansas."

"Of course, we're going to take care of our home base in areas such as Maryland, Washington and Northern Virginia," said Lingerfelt. "When Maryland was great, they also had a lot of players from Pennsylvania and other areas, such as New Jersey and New York. We'll go there and to Georgia and Florida, where we hope to find some receivers and defensive backs."

Junior slot receiver and superback Frank Wycheck said: "The coaching staff was able to get every player to play with heart and emotion. I have no doubt that in two to three years, Maryland is going to be a power again."

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