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

April 21, 2003

Spring 2003 Overview

The PooP

It's hard to believe that so many schools, including a couple (Duke, UNC) in the ACC, turned away inquiries from Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen back when he was a star offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech. All he's done in two years with the Terps is build an outstanding staff, win a conference championship, post the first consecutive 10-win seasons in school history, go to the Orange and Peach bowls, compile a 13-1 home record, earn consensus national coach of the year honors (2001), direct back-to-back school scoring records, help increase season-ticket sales and revolutionize the program's approaches to facilities, technology and who knows what else. One word: awesome.

Probable 2003 Starters

Offense

Pos. Name Ht./Wt. Class
QB Scott McBrien* 6-0/180 Sr.
RB Bruce Perry 5-9/192 Sr.
FB Bernie Fiddler 6-1/240 Sr.
WR Latrez Harrison* 6-3/223 Sr.
WR Steve Suter+ 5-9/188 Jr.
TE Jeff Dugan* 6-4/260 Sr.
LT Stephon Heyer 6-6/293 So.
LG C.J. Brooks* 6-6/323 Jr.
OC Kyle Schmitt 6-5/302 Jr.
RG Lamar Bryant* 6-3/308 Sr.
RT Eric Dumas* 6-6/315 Sr.
PK Nick Novak* 6-0/196 Jr.

Defense

DE Scott Smith 6-4/255 Sr.
NT C.J. Feldheim*+ 6-3/297 Sr.
DT Randy Starks* 6-4/304 Jr.
LE Jamahl Cochran* 6-0/246 Jr.
LB Leroy Ambush* 6-1/223 Sr.
LB D'Qwell Jackson 6-1/217 So.
LB Leon Joe* 6-1/223 Sr.
SS Dennard Wilson* 5-11/189 Sr.
FS Madieu Williams* 6-1/191 Sr.
CB Domonique Foxworth* 5-11/175 Jr.
CB Curome Cox* 6-1/201 Sr.
P Adam Podlesh 5-10/215 Fr.

* — returning starter
+ — injured/missed spring drills

Coming On Strong

As he continues to bolster his talent and depth levels, Friedgen virtually assured his program of some sustained momentum in 2003 with this appetizing nonconference slate: at Northern Illinois, The Citadel, West Virginia, at Eastern Michigan. This is simply a well-coached, moderately skilled team that plays hard and smart and is very tough to beat. Rock-solid returning starters: OL C.J. Brooks, TE Jeff Dugan, CB Domonique Foxworth, LB Leon Joe, QB Scott McBrien, PK Nick Novak, RB Bruce Perry, DT Randy Starks, WR Steve Suter, FS Madieu Williams. Also looking good: LB D'Qwell Jackson, LE Shawne Merriman, SB Rich Parsons.

Cause For Concern?

Football is a physical, nasty, collision-based sport, and this team lost a bunch of its toughest and most experienced players: P Brooks Barnard, OL Matt Crawford, LB E.J. Henderson, FB James Lynch, DE Durrand Roundtree, OL Todd Wike, etc. In particular, the defensive front seven may be vulnerable, and that's a bad place to have questions. Also: big-play receiver, pass rush, depth on both lines and at linebacker, punter.

On The Sidelines

The following players missed all or most of spring drills: RB Josh Allen (groin), NT C.J. Feldheim (knee/no contact), CB Gerrick McPhearson (shoulder), TE Derek Miller (knee), WR Steve Suter (knee), OL Donnie Woods (knee/no contact).

Spring Cleaning

The following scholarship athletes left the program in the past 12-18 months with eligibility remaining: OL Nathaniel Clayton (left team), RB Jason Crawford (left team), OL Tim Donovan (academics), LB Randy Earle (left team/may return), OL Jason Holman (academics), OL Reggie Kemp (medical), OL Raheem Lewis (academics), FB James Lynch (academics/early NFL entry), WR Ike Roberts (transfer/Western Illinois), DE Mike Whaley (academics/before 2002 season).