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Topic - A.J. Francis
Kevin Dorsey stretched in front of and facing his teammates on a mid-November afternoon, just as the senior wide receiver and Maryland's captains did all season.
Maryland's season arrived at its appointed conclusion early Saturday evening.
There is no second-guessing for Kenneth Tate, no reason to dwell on the great "what if?" of the safety-turned-linebacker's career at Maryland.
Bennett Fulper will depart the Maryland football program later this year, known to fans as a versatile offensive lineman who started for parts of each of his four seasons in College Park.
If Joe Vellano has somewhat anonymously authored another stellar season for Maryland, it surely isn't for lack of effort.
Maryland's quarterback options were whittled further Thursday when the school announced sophomore Devin Burns suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, leaving true freshman Caleb Rowe as the only remaining scholarship option.
Maryland is on to its third (and, arguably, fourth) quarterback since the start of preseason practice after Perry Hills' year-ending left knee injury.
Maryland lost its starting quarterback late in the first half Saturday. It lost its first conference game a bit later – but not before the Terrapins' most bizarre day of the season.
Maryland's defense celebrated last week's 27-20 victory over Virginia much like it did its three previous triumphs.
Defensive end A.J. Francis blocked his second field goal attempt of the season Saturday in Maryland's 27-20 victory at Virginia.
Tavon Austin gave his home-state team one last memory of his considerable talent. The Baltimore native and senior wide receiver caught three touchdown passes Saturday to lead No. 8 West Virginia to a 31-21 victory over Maryland at Mountaineer Field.
Maryland wide receiver Kevin Dorsey wanted to put the Terrapins' first loss of the season to rest as soon as he could Sunday morning.
Maryland linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield wanted to move on from the Terrapins' season-opening defeat of William & Mary on Saturday as quickly as possible.
Those inside Maryland's locker room know Demetrius Hartsfield takes vastly different approaches to the situations he encounters.
A full understanding of Maryland defensive end Joe Vellano does not stem from his quickness and savvy, though it is a defining trait for his success.
"The defense is in good hands, and Locks and those guys can obviously recruit," Francis said. "You've got Diggs, you've got [junior college wideout] Deon Long coming in. There's going to be a lot of talent here."
"We could have quit when C.J. went down, we could have quit when Perry went down, we could have quit when [wideout] Marcus Leak and Devin went down in the same game as Perry," defensive end A.J. Francis said. "We could have quit when Caleb went down. It's just not who we are and not what we do."