Teddy Dargan, Milford Mill, football

Q&A --

September 20, 2006|By LEM SATTERFIELD

Milford Mill junior Teddy Dargan had eight sacks and 16 tackles for losses last year to lead the Millers to the Baltimore County 2A-1A title and the Class 2A state semifinals. Dargan, 17, a two-way tackle and third-year starter, is being recruited by Maryland, among others.

How important to you is your legacy at Milford Mill, which was 1-9 before your arrival but has gone 7-3 and 11-2 with you in the lineup?

That's crucial to me. As a freshman, I was thought of as weak until I showed my heart in games like when we beat Randallstown, and I did well against [2004 All-Metro Defensive Player of The Year] Melvin Alaeze.

Will Alaeze's acrimony for Maryland affect your college decision? The Terps failed to land Alaeze, who you know and who twice failed to qualify under NCAA guidelines before finally signing at Illinois.

I've spoken to Melvin and learned from his situation to stay focused in school and on the field. Maryland can't be blamed for it. Coach [Ralph] Friedgen offered me a scholarship through my coaches. They're my top choice.

How much of a factor is it that the Terps have former Woodlawn assistant Jamal Griffin on staff as a graduate assistant and that Maryland's roster includes former Randallstown stars Christian Varner and Jamari McCullough?

I've met Coach Griff, he knows my coaches, and those other guys being there helps. I might commit early, but I have a whole year to make my decision.

You are named Theodore after your father, who you've never met.

I heard from him once; we've never met. My mother, Gwen Thomas, is a strong, independent woman who raised me, my younger brother Andre Little [15], my younger sister LaRay Simon [11]. She did everything for us.

Who are your male role models?

My stepfather, Rodney Miller, has been there for 11 years. Coach [Reggie] White is a father figure. He's been on a state championship team as a defensive tackle at Milford, played [at North Carolina A&T] and is guiding me through the recruiting process. Coach Greg Trogdon and Craig Rollins also are like fathers.

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