Part of a position-by-position look at Maryland football this spring
Running down Maryland’s tight ends …
Starters returning (1): TE Matt Furstenburg (31 receptions, 348 yards, 2 TD, 12 starts)
Other notable returnees: TE Devonte Campbell (4-56-2), TE Ryan Schlothauer
Starters lost (0): None
Other notable departures: None
Notable additions: TE David Stinebaugh (return from injury)
Career starts returning: 29 (Furstenburg 24, Campbell 4, Stinebaugh 1)
Career starts lost: 0
Out of all the oddities of the ill-fated Gary Crowton Experiment in College Park, here’s one that doesn’t entirely make a lot of sense on the surface.
Matt Furstenburg had more receptions in a dozen games in a spread scheme than all of Maryland’s tight ends managed in 13 games a year earlier in a variation of the West Coast offense.
You can look it up. Furstenburg had 31 catches last year. Maryland’s tight ends had 30 receptions in 2010.
Dig deeper, and it’s not so surprising. Maryland was down its top two receivers from 2010. Furstenburg was a generally reliable target, especially in the first half of the season. And he hauled in 16 receptions in the first four games, well before coach Randy Edsall decided that publicly declaring weekly sessions of Quarterback Game-Time Decision Roulette was the right way to go.
In any case, the upshot was Furstenburg was very much a weapon in Maryland’s offense for the first half of the season (21 catches, 256 yards, 2 TD) and not nearly as much of a factor afterward (10-92 in the Terps’ last six games). Regardless of that finish, Furstenburg is very much a known as he ventures deeper into his final spring in College Park.
The player who can add something dynamic —- and, by all indications, has done so this spring —- remains rising senior Devonte Campbell. Once a prized prospect, Campbell has 10 receptions for 84 yards over the last two seasons but remains a curious possibility to help Maryland stretch the field.
A vaguely described offense (“pro-style with spread principles”) under new coordinator Mike Locksley at least offers the possibility multiple tight ends could flourish for the Terps. With Furstenburg and Campbell entering their last seasons, the pieces could be in place to allow that to happen.
Senior Ryan Schlothauer is another veteran, though his greatest value lies in his contributions on virtually every specialty unit besides field goal/PAT block. Then there’s David Stinebaugh, who has missed Maryland’s last 20 games with injuries and is limited this spring as well.
—- Patrick Stevens