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Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

December 16, 2002

Maryland: Beyond The Bowl

Departing Players

Starters (7):
P Brooks Barnard, RT Matt Crawford, RB Chris Downs, LB E.J. Henderson, WR Scooter Monroe, DE Durrand Roundtree, C Todd Wike

Other Contributors:
FB Chad Killian, DT William Shime, SS Tyrone Stewart

2003 Returning Starters

Offense (7):

Pos. Name Ht./Wt. 2003 Class
QB Scott McBrien 6-0/180 Sr.
FB James Lynch 5-11/271 Sr.
WR Jafar Williams 6-2/195 Sr.
TE Jeff Dugan 6-4/261 Sr.
LT Eric Dumas 6-6/308 Sr.
LG C.J. Brooks 6-6/309 Jr.
RG Lamar Bryant 6-3/302 Sr.

Defense (9):

NT C.J. Feldheim 6-3/282 Sr.
DT Randy Starks 6-4/302 Jr.
DE Jamahl Cochran 6-0/241 Jr.
LB Leon Joe 6-1/223 Sr.
LB Leroy Ambush 6-1/229 Sr.
SS Dennard Wilson 5-11/186 Sr.
FS Madieu Williams 6-1/193 Sr.
CB Curome Cox 6-1/199 Sr.
CB Domonique Foxworth 5-11/175 Jr.

Special Teams (1):

PK Nick Novak 6-0/189 Jr.

Other Tested Returnees

Offense:
RB Josh Allen, FB Bernie Fiddler, WR Latrez Harrison, LT Stephon Heyer, WR Danny Melendez, TE Derek Miller, SB Rich Parson, RB Bruce Perry (2001 starter), OC Kyle Schmitt, SB/KR Steve Suter

Defense:
FS Raymond Custis, LB Ricardo Dickerson, CB Reuben Haigler, LB Andrew Henley, LB D'Qwell Jackson, CB Gerrick McPhearson, DE Shawne Merriman, SS Andrew Smith, DE Scott Smith

Projected 2003 Strengths

Maryland returns 16 of 22 starters and most of its backups. There are another dozen players who have received playing time, and the team expects to get back a handful of academic casualties, so that's a total of more than 40 established players on the roster. Competition should be stiff at almost every position. Offensively, the Terps will feature an experienced QB in McBrien, who improved dramatically during the season. The ground game should be strong again, with two outstanding tailbacks (Perry, Allen) running behind a solid line that's bolstered by a fullback (Lynch) and a tight end (Dugan) who are among the league's best blockers at their positions. Novak, reliable with above-average range, will be among the ACC's best kickers. A superb coaching staff is expected to remain stable.

Projected 2003 Questions

Center is a position of concern, as projected 2002 starter Schmitt disappointed and his backup failed out. Maryland still needs faster, more athletic receivers — the type who warrant double coverage. Lack of depth along both lines remains a concern, with the backup spots again manned by unproven players. Henderson's heart, toughness and leadership were key to an aggressive, attacking defense. Who will replace the 150 tackles he made each of the past two seasons? The team will suffer a dropoff at punter, where Barnard was a two-time first-team All-ACC selection.

TEXT/CHART BY MARYLAND INSIDER