Jackson injures elbow, doesn't play in 2nd half

Linebacker hyper-extends elbow, is replaced by Cesa

Maryland notebook

September 12, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

D'Qwell Jackson, tied for first in the NCAA after one week with two interceptions, was taken to the locker room before halftime yesterday with a hyper-extended left elbow. The linbebacker didn't play in the second half.

Jackson, who had nine tackles last week against Northern Illinois and has led the Terps in tackles in eight of the past 14 games, was replaced by freshman Tim Cesa.

Jackson led the Terps in tackles last year as a sophomore with 136, and has had nine career games with double-digit tackles. His 10.5 average last season ranked seventh in the ACC among sophomores.

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit listed Jackson as the No. 1 player in the ACC he would pay to watch.

Said Herbstreit: "Jackson's emotion and passion are awesome to watch. He stepped in for the departed E.J. Henderson last year, and the defense did not miss a beat thanks to Jackson's tenacity and the love for the game he displays on every snap. He makes it easier to appreciate all the great players on the defensive side of the ball in the ACC."

Beating the Big East

The Terps now have a 48-43-4 record against Big East schools and have won their past five against the Big East - with four wins coming against West Virginia.

A class act

All 19 members of this season's senior class are scheduled to graduate on time. Steve Suter is one of the team's top scholar-athletes, with a 4.0 grade-point average in 2003-2004.

Since coach Ralph Friedgen joined the Terps in 2001, 58 of 66 players who have exhausted their eligibility have graduated. Eleven players earned a 3.5 GPA or better for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Season ticket sales on rise

In the past three years, season ticket sales for Maryland games have been increasing.

Nearly a week before the season opener, the athletic department announced it had sold a school record of more than 30,000 season tickets.

On Aug. 27, the total sold was 30,881, an improvement of more than 13,000 tickets from Friedgen's first season in College Park and 16,000 more than in 1998.

Coaching connections

Maryland special teams/tight ends/halfbacks coach Ray Rychleski was an assistant at Temple in the 1980s, directing outside linebackers under Bruce Arians. Temple defensive line coach Rubin Carter served as defensive line coach at Maryland in 1997 and 1998 under Ron Vanderlinden.

Extra points

In remembrance of 9/11, there was a moment of silence before the game. Maryland and Temple previously met in 2000, and the Terps now own a 5-0 advantage in the series, which began in 1997. The average margin of victory had been 6.5 points before last night's rout. The Terps are 21-1 at home under Friedgen. Maryland has had a 100-yard rusher in five straight games dating back to last season. Josh Allen posted 102 yards on 22 attempts in the opener, and Sam Maldonado ran for a career-high 106 yards last night. Temple is 5-34 all time against current members of the ACC.

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