Tomorrow’s online-only story dwells on how much Maryland’s loss at Middle Tennessee hung with them last season —- and how little the Terps need a similar setback right now.
But coach Ralph Friedgen repeatedly made this interesting observation in some form or another this week:
“There’s 31 guys that are not here that were at that game last year. A lot of these kids didn’t even make the trip. I just don’t know how much I can rely on that. I would think just from a program standpoint they would want to redeem themselves. …”
And he’s right: There’s a remarkable percentage of current Terps who had little or nothing to do with the Mortification in Murfreesboro.
Maryland traveled 72 players to their road opener last season. Of them, 27 aren’t even in the program anymore.
So that leaves 45 holdovers who actually got to witness the miserable evening. But not all of them actually participated. Here’s a rundown (with starters in bold)
HOLDOVERS WHO PLAYED (31)
HOLDOVERS WHO DID NOT PLAY (14)
73-Stephen St. John
In short, only eight of the 24 starters from that night are still on the roster. And even that total of 31 guys who played is a bit of a stretch.
There’s three big names (McCollough, Carroll and Campbell) who are hurt and won’t play tomorrow. There’s another bunch that played sparingly (Furstenburg on two kickoff returns comes to mind).
In short, there probably isn’t nearly the mental scar tissue you’d expect to exist —- if you figure it even exists at all.
—- Patrick Stevens