Duke discovers pair of heroes in Baldwin, Ellis

MARYLAND NOTEBOOK

September 04, 1994|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

DURHAM, N.C. -- Besides new coach Fred Goldsmith, there were two major heroes for Duke yesterday.

Everyone at Wallace Wade Stadium was wowed by senior fullback Robert Baldwin, who ran over the Terps for 100 yards in the first quarter alone and finished with a school-record 238 and four touchdowns. In 32 career games before yesterday, including 19 starts, Baldwin's rushing total was 661 yards.

Baldwin also caught five passes for 39 yards.

Not as immediately noticeable was Jamal Ellis, a senior cornerback with an intriguing history regarding the Terps. Two years ago, he was the defensive back who was victimized on a last-second touchdown bomb from John Kaleo to Marcus Badgett that gave Maryland a 27-25 victory here.

Ellis, a senior from Lancaster, Texas, was academically ineligible to play in 1993, but he came back with a vengeance yesterday. His assignment was Jermaine Lewis, the Maryland deep threat whose 82 receptions over the previous two seasons had amassed 1,303 yards and nine touchdowns.

Lewis didn't catch a pass yesterday, the first time that's happened in his career. Other than a pass interference penalty on Maryland's first scoring drive, Ellis did a superb job of impeding Lewis at the line.

Academic update

Debbie Yow, Maryland's new athletic director, said that the eligibility of sophomore defensive linemen Johnnie Hicks and Tim Watson will be resolved before Saturday's home opener against Florida State.

Hicks, a starter at tackle, and Watson were ruled academically ineligible 20 hours before yesterday's game, but that status is being appealed.

"It's a reasonable expectation that the appeals process will be handled before the Florida State game," Yow said.

Newcomers impress

Allen Williams, the Terps' starting superback entering summer practice, didn't play until the second half because of an ankle injury he sustained in a scrimmage two weeks ago.

Redshirt freshman Brian Underwood started in his place and had difficulty on a slippery turf, and Buddy Rodgers replaced him on the Terps' third possession.

Rodgers, a 6-foot, 225-pound true freshman from East Providence, R.I., who is believed to be the first Parade All-American to play for the Terps, provided the offense with a spark. He gained 4 yards on his first carry, and on the next play turned a short pass into a 15-yard gain.

Rodgers led the Terps with 44 yards rushing, and caught five passes for 43 yards.

NTC Preseason warnings to the contrary, Maryland pretty much stuck with a one-back, four-wide-receiver offense. The Terps didn't use any tight ends, but freshman Kendall Ogle did line up in the slot during a second-quarter possession.

Sophomore transfer Joe O'Donnell matched last year's field-goal total with a 40-yarder that was the Terps' longest in three years, but he missed an extra-point try. Two of his four kickoffs were fielded in the end zone.

Briefly

Redshirt sophomore Kevin Foley, who sparkled against Florida State last season, replaced Milanovich on the Terps' fifth possession, but went nowhere. . . . Redshirt freshman Brian Cummings, the Terps' third-string quarterback, made his Maryland debut in the third quarter, handing off to Rodgers on a fourth-and-one play. . . . The game was played without a turnover. . . . Five of Maryland's seven penalties came in the first quarter.

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