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By Baltimore Sun staff | February 17, 2010
Three Maryland football players were selected to the 2009 Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, the school announced Wednesday. Travis Baltz, a junior punter from Whitehouse, Ohio, was named an Academic All-ACC player for the third straight year. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle A.J. Francis and redshirt junior offensive lineman Paul Pinegar were chosen for the team for the first time. The Academic All-ACC team selects players who have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average last semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average.
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By Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
While tossing a football around the back yard in eighth grade, Mason Zimmerman would crouch down and snap the ball to his best friend, Jacob Yunker, who lined up as the quarterback. The duo developed a connection and Zimmerman, a former tackle, went on to snap for Yunker that season and at Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio. Three years later, Zimmerman has honed his craft and earned a scholarship to play for the Terps. Zimmerman had offers from Toledo, Marshall, Air Force and Cincinnati, but orally committed to Maryland on Sunday after visiting the school on June 8. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound center felt comfortable with the coaching staff and said the campus felt like home.
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By Sports Digest | February 18, 2010
Maryland junior punter Travis Baltz , freshman defensive lineman A.J. Francis , who lives in Severn, and junior offensive lineman Paul Pinegar were among 30 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team. Baltz, a senior in the fall, made his third consecutive appearance on the team, while Francis and Pinegar were chosen for the first time. Men's basketball: One day after being named Patriot League Player of the Week, Navy's Chris Harris was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Player of the Week for the second time.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Former Maryland kicker Nick Ferrara had one of those striking freshman seasons that commands attention and raises expectations. The New Yorker scored 80 points in his first season, converting 18 of 25 field goal attempts -- including 7 of 10 from 40 yards and beyond. He also impressed as a fill-in punter. Entering against Clemson for the injured Travis Baltz, Ferrara sent his first college punt 61 yards, pinning the Tigers at their 4-yard-line. Ferrara is big and strong for a kicker -- 6 feet 1, 195 pounds -- and briefly played lacrosse in high school. Former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen was enamored of his potential as a long-distance kicker.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2010
COLLEGE PARK — Maryland's two punt blocks on Saturday were the team's third and fourth of the season, doubling last season's total. More than that, the blocks continued a streak. The Terps have now blocked 16 punts to their opponents' zero over a span that covers 129 games. Maryland's special-teams players include an unusually large number of wide receivers. "We have seven or eight wide receivers in there," said special teams coach Charles Bankins. The list includes LaQuan Williams (Poly)
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2010
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Head coach Ralph Friedgen said he hoped to run out the clock with Maryland leading by two points with 5:22 left in Saturday's game with Miami. It didn't work out as the coach envisioned. Davin Meggett rushed three times but could not make a first down, and the Terps punted the ball back to Miami. Trailing 20-18, the Hurricanes then drove for the touchdown that put them ahead to stay, 26-20. Meggett rushed for 70 yards on nine carries in the game, including a 37-yarder.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2010
The game began with Maryland committing three delay-of game penalties and a false start and retreating steadily backwards toward its goal line as 60,000 fans in Milan Puskar Stadium howled with delight. That was the first of a series of forgettable early possessions for Maryland, which surrendered 345 first-half yards and made just four first downs in the half as it fell behind by three touchdowns to 21st-ranked West Virginia. After that, the game became about whether the Terps (2-1)
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By Jeff Barker | jeff.barker@baltsun.com | September 6, 2010
Navy ran all over the field Monday. But in the red zone -- when and where it mattered most -- Maryland managed to stop the Midshipmen in a 17-14 victory in the season opener for both teams. The Terps -- and particularly safety Kenny Tate -- stopped Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs near the goal line in the final minute to preserve the win. The Terps ended a seven-game losing streak from last season. The teams were playing for the second time since 1965 in a rivalry game known as the "Crab Bowl.
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By Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
While tossing a football around the back yard in eighth grade, Mason Zimmerman would crouch down and snap the ball to his best friend, Jacob Yunker, who lined up as the quarterback. The duo developed a connection and Zimmerman, a former tackle, went on to snap for Yunker that season and at Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio. Three years later, Zimmerman has honed his craft and earned a scholarship to play for the Terps. Zimmerman had offers from Toledo, Marshall, Air Force and Cincinnati, but orally committed to Maryland on Sunday after visiting the school on June 8. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound center felt comfortable with the coaching staff and said the campus felt like home.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2011
Nick Ferrara can almost feel the sweat and hear the low thud of impact as his right leg swings through the football. "Every time before a game you sit back there and you imagine a game-winning field goal going straight through," said the Maryland kicker, whose 2010 season was spoiled by a right groin injury. He's been rejuvenated — physically and emotionally — and tops the most recent depth chart at both field-goal kicker and punter in advance of Monday night's season opener against Miami.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2011
Nick Ferrara can almost feel the sweat and hear the low thud of impact as his right leg swings through the football. "Every time before a game you sit back there and you imagine a game-winning field goal going straight through," said the Maryland kicker, whose 2010 season was spoiled by a right groin injury. He's been rejuvenated — physically and emotionally — and tops the most recent depth chart at both field-goal kicker and punter in advance of Monday night's season opener against Miami.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2011
COLLEGE PARK - Given the early hour and the sleepy spectators, this clearly wasn't the Maryland football team's answer to Midnight Madness. But as the team's Fan Appreciation Day workout wore on early Saturday morning inside Byrd Stadium, the small crowd woke up. By the time the Terrapins finished their two-hour session with four 100-yard gassers, many of the few hundred fans were up on their feet cheering and encouraging the players. At least half the crowd remained to chat with and get autographs from first-year coach Randy Edsall and his team.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2011
There is no more Terps football for Adrian Cannon, Emani Lee-Odai and other undrafted former Maryland players wondering if their NFL hopes can outlast the league-wide lockout. There are no fight songs, no playbooks, no coaches on the sidelines with ball caps and whistles. As a group of the pro prospects worked out recently in a vast indoor soccer complex, there was only … each other. And sweat and ambition and the sobering knowledge that their identities as football players are far from guaranteed.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2010
Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien felt uneasy. It was moments after Florida State's 30-16 victory over Maryland last Saturday, and Seminoles players seemed eager to wish O'Brien good luck in the next Atlantic Coast Conference game. The Florida State players weren't just being polite. The Seminoles need the Terps to knock North Carolina State out of the Atlantic Division title race today for Florida State to claim the crown. O'Brien immediately felt uncomfortable in the spoiler's role.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2010
COLLEGE PARK — Maryland entered Saturday night's game desperately seeking a signature win to crown its turnaround season. The Terrapins had it all set up — the biggest home crowd of the year and a formidable opponent in Florida State that had won 18 of the previous 20 meetings and was trying to knock Maryland from contention in its Atlantic Coast Conference divisional race. But Maryland failed on a last-minute attempt to tie or win the game before falling, 30-16. The Terps were eliminated from the Atlantic Division hunt with one regular-season game remaining.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2010
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — As his pass reached the end zone, Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien believed for the briefest moment that the Terps had done it. The redshirt freshman thought that receiver Adrian Cannon had made a catch on the game's final play that could have secured Maryland's first road victory since September 2008 against a team with a winning record. But Cannon couldn't manage to hold onto the pass or stay in bounds, leaving the Terps (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference)
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com | September 30, 2009
COLLEGE PARK - -Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen lamented the number of mistakes his Terps have made this season. At his news conference Tuesday, Friedgen said Maryland is minus-10 in turnover ratio and has been playing undisciplined football, being penalized 55 yards per game. Then the beleaguered coach, whose Terps are one of only two Maryland teams in the past 12 seasons to start 1-3 , said he is by nature a positive person and has designed a plan to give his team a jump-start. He and his staff are counting turnovers in practice this week, Friedgen said, and are bringing in referees to help eliminate penalties.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2010
Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien felt uneasy. It was moments after Florida State's 30-16 victory over Maryland last Saturday, and Seminoles players seemed eager to wish O'Brien good luck in the next Atlantic Coast Conference game. The Florida State players weren't just being polite. The Seminoles need the Terps to knock North Carolina State out of the Atlantic Division title race today for Florida State to claim the crown. O'Brien immediately felt uncomfortable in the spoiler's role.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2010
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Head coach Ralph Friedgen said he hoped to run out the clock with Maryland leading by two points with 5:22 left in Saturday's game with Miami. It didn't work out as the coach envisioned. Davin Meggett rushed three times but could not make a first down, and the Terps punted the ball back to Miami. Trailing 20-18, the Hurricanes then drove for the touchdown that put them ahead to stay, 26-20. Meggett rushed for 70 yards on nine carries in the game, including a 37-yarder.
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