Maryland at a glance

September 05, 1997

Coach: Ron Vanderlinden (1st season)

Last year: 5-6, 3-5 ACC

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WJFK (106.7 FM)

Stadium: Byrd (48,055)

Offense: Multiple

Defense: 4-3

Top returning players: LB Eric Barton, QB Brian Cummings, OT Daryl Gilliam, DE Eric Hicks, DT Johnnie Hicks, DE Eric Ogbogu, LB Kendall Ogle, TB Buddy Rodgers, TB Brian Underwood.

Top newcomers: FS Tony Jackson, TB LaMont Jordan, H-back Matt Kalapinski, K Brian Kopka, WR Doug Patterson, DE Rasheed Simmons (transfer from Michigan).

Strengths: The Terps' front seven could be as good as any in the ACC, including North Carolina, which had the nation's No. 1 defense last year. Vanderlinden was an integral part of incredible turnarounds at Colorado and Northwestern, and he has assembled a staff with an impressive playing and coaching background. The players understand that he will not waver from systems and schemes that have worked for him.

Weaknesses: The offense, 103rd in the nation in yards gained last year, is learning its third system in as many years. Offensive coordinator Craig Johnson has at least three starters who have never played in a college game, and H-back Peter Timmins is a converted linebacker. The secondary must replace all four starters, and neither of the kickers has proved himself.

Strongest opponent: Florida State. Next week, the Terps travel to Tallahassee, and they haven't come within five touchdowns of the Seminoles on their home turf since Florida State joined the ACC.

Key game: Clemson. It's been five years since Maryland's last touchdown against the Tigers. If the Terps want to experience a bowl game, they've got to visit the end zone during homecoming.


Date Team Time

Sept. 6 Ohio 6

Sep. 13 at Fla. State 3: 30

Sep. 20 No. Carolina Noon

Sep. 27 at Temple 6

Oct. 4 Duke 6

Oct. 11 West Virginia 1

Oct. 18 at Wake Forest TBA

Oct. 25 Clemson 1

Nov. 1 Virginia 1

Nov. 8 at N.C. State TBA

Nov. 22 at Ga. Tech TBA

Pub Date: 9/05/97

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