The Washington Times - October 16, 2009, 07:09PM

A year ago, Steve Goins was the 12-minute man.

The forward was injured off and on, and struggled to adapt to the college game after becoming a late addition to Maryland’s recruiting class.

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“I guess I would say toward midseason I started getting better conditioning-wise and understanding what I need to do,” Goins said.

It wasn’t enough to make a significant impact last season. He played in four games, and was last season sucking up some minutes at the end of the Terrapins’ debacle at Duke.

Since then, he’s dropped 15 pounds to get down to 245 pounds, and he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in August.

It’s enough, he believes, to factor into the Terps’ frontcourt this season.

“I think it’ll be much different,” Goins said. “I’m looking to play a lot this year. As long as I come in and put in the work, I think it’s going to carry over into the game and I’m going to be able to contribute a lot.”

That’s a much different outlook than the one that existed in the spring. Multiple reports surfaced that Goins would be transferring, but he ultimately remained.

“It wasn’t a distraction to me,” Goins said. “Once we put that behind us, I sat down and talked with coaches and everything, Coach [Gary] Williams, after that we just left it alone and focused on this year. I’m just leaving it in the past.”

Just like his 12-minute seasons.

Patrick Stevens