Ogle wants to see Terps get winning attitude Senior linebacker ready to start with Wake Forest

Maryland notebook

October 13, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF VTC

COLLEGE PARK -- Outspoken senior linebacker Kendall Ogle has five games left in his Maryland football career, and it's obvious he does not plan to go out with a whimper.

"I hate Wake Forest," Ogle said yesterday, as he looked ahead to Saturday's 1 p.m. homecoming date with the Demon Deacons at Byrd Stadium. "I guess it's because we used to beat them most of the time but last year they beat us up pretty good down there. They were talking trash to us and a lot of things like that."

Ogle is the second-leading tackler on the team, averaging 11.3, behind Eric Barton (12.5).

Wake Forest made a 70-point turnaround in one season against Maryland, rolling to a 35-17 victory in Winston-Salem last year after the Terps had smashed the Deacons, 52-0, the previous season.

Maryland had won eight straight at Groves Stadium before the loss.

Ogle knows his words will stir up Wake Forest and possibly make it harder to win.

But he is doing everything he can to prevent Maryland from fading down the stretch after Saturday's major disappointment against Clemson.

On Sunday night after practice, Ogle and fellow seniors Barton, Rasheed Simmons and Bruce James pulled coach Ron Vanderlinden aside and asked for a meeting.

"We're committed to keeping this thing going," Ogle said the four seniors told Vanderlinden. "We're committed to winning. You know what it's all about. What do we need to do?"

Vanderlinden said he had a "quick" meeting with the four and told them: "You need to convince the young guys on the team that the time is now for us to win. When you're a freshman, things are moving fast and you believe there is plenty of time left to win."

Tigers targeted

Vanderlinden revealed yesterday that he took a risk last week in preparing for Clemson.

"I set sail for that game. I turned it all loose and didn't hold back in our preparation emotionally," he said of the 23-0 loss. "There's a risk involved when you do that because if you're not successful, the fall is that much farther. But you know what, that's the way I am.

"I wanted to beat Clemson in the worst way because it would have been a turning point in our program, probably before our time. It was a winnable game -- you know, 10-0 with four minutes left in the game. We just needed a big turnover."

Vanderlinden said he challenged his players last week and they responded.

"Bear Bryant used to say there are only two or maybe three times a year when you can really bring your team to an emotional peak," said Vanderlinden, who labeled Florida State as the other opponent this season for which he brought his team to a fever pitch.

Dad likes pace

Among those people watching Randall Jones become the first true freshman quarterback to start a game for Maryland on Saturday were his father and mother, Randy and Karen Jones, who flew to Clemson from their Frederick home.

And guess what?

Randy Jones said Vanderlinden did the right thing by replacing Randall with Ken Mastrole early in the fourth quarter.

"Coach Vandy is taking a youngster and bringing him along the right way," Randy Jones said. "You need to nurture a freshman, and they need to learn as they go. I saw Ken Mastrole the veteran even teaching Randall on the sideline during the game. To me, that is a great thing."

If you think Randy Jones talks a lot like a coach, you are right. He is the track coach at Thomas Johnson High in Frederick.

Pub Date: 10/13/98

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