If you don’t think a mugshot —- the kind used in promotional material, that is —- is important to some football players, well, you’d be wrong.
Take redshirt sophomore linebacker Alex Wujciak, whose mug is a couple years old. It certainly doesn’t show one of the Maryland football team’s best heads of hair (Non-Chris Turner Division).
So when the opportunity presented itself Monday, Wujciak posed for the camera. It was actually more a glare, but that’s about right for a guy who is fond of contact and hasn’t actually played in a game since high school.
The real fun part of photo time was watching some of the Terps’ linemen try to squeeze their way into the jersey and shoulder pads provided.
Photographer (and Maryland regular) Greg Fiume had three jersey/pad sets available. But none of them are ideal fits for guys whose shirt size almost certainly includes at least one “X.”
“These things are tight enough to put on as it is, so when you’re trying to put on a little punter’s like that, I felt like it was about to explode,” said defensive tackle Dean Muhtadi —- he of the 6-3, 295-pound frame. “I’m lucky I got it on by myself. Usually, it takes an assistant.”
Left guard Jaimie Thomas wasn’t so fortunate. A veteran of the mugshot process, Thomas realized the only thing that really needed to look to look right was between his shoulders. So he didn’t bother getting every limb in the right position.
“No, I wasn’t trying to get my arm through that,” Thomas said. “I knew if I’d gotten it through it wasn’t going to come off.”
Equipment manager Ron Ohringer probably appreciates it. Ronnie O has enough challenges during camp; taking a pair of scissors to a jersey even before the first practice would not have helped.
—- Patrick Stevens