The Washington Times - October 21, 2008, 10:52AM

One of the handful of plays that really should have been encouraging for Maryland on Saturday was safety Terrell Skinner’s demolition of Wake Forest wideout Marshall Williams.

Williams was slow to get up, and I’ll admit the words “That was probably worth a helmet sticker” came out of my mouth as I watched the replay.

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It wasn’t so much that Skinner drilled someone. It’s that he hadn’t looked like that since he suffered a high ankle sprain at Middle Tennessee.

“It felt great,” Skinner said. “My high ankle sprain, not being on point the two games I played, that just gave me the confidence I need. My ankle is feeling good. I’ve kept getting treatment and praying to God I could get back to where I was.”

If Skinner is back to his early-season self, it bodes well for the Terps.

As for his hit, he wasn’t quite willing to put it in the same category of cornerback Kevin Barnes‘ vomit-inducing blow on California’s Jahvid Best earlier this season.

“Oh, no. Oh, no,” Skinner said. “Kevin’s got that one all the way. That guy threw up.”

Patrick Stevens