The Washington Times - November 20, 2008, 06:57PM

The story of the final drive of Maryland’s 17-15 defeat of North Carolina was the third-down work of Danny Oquendo and Ronnie Tyler.

Ergo, it seemed worthwhile to look back on the third-down performance of all of the Terrapins’ receivers this year.

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Catches and yards are meaningful, but so are times targeted and first-down conversions. And Oquendo and Tyler are as reliable as anyone at actually extending a possession.

After all, what good is a 7-yard reception on third-and-9?

When I’m watching a game, I feel as though one of the best indicators of if Maryland’s offense is working correctly is whether Oquendo is targeted on third down. Because, unsurprisingly, he’s earned a first down on every third-down catch he’s made this year.

Here’s the full-team rundown, with players listed in order of times targeted on third down this season:

Player Targets Catches Yards Conversions
Darrius Heyward-Bey 
15 8 145 4
Danny Oquendo
13 8 128 8
Ronnie Tyler
12 10 104 6
Da’Rel Scott
11 8 94 5
Torrey Smith
9 2 36 2
Dan Gronkowski
8 5 48 3
Cory Jackson
7 5 36 3
Isaiah Williams
7 2 40 2
Davin Meggett
5 3 44 2
Lansford Watson
3 2 34 2
Haroon Brown
1 1 20 1
Adrian Cannon
1 1 12 1
Tommy Galt
1 1 18 1
Morgan Green
1 1 6 0
Emani Lee-Odai
1 0 0 0

Patrick Stevens