- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Nose tackle C.J. Feldheim tore the ACL in his left knee in Saturday's win over Duke and will miss the rest of the season after reconstructive surgery, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday.

The 6-foot-3, 282-pound junior started all eight games and will finish the season with 36 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He was a cog in the middle of the line. His main role was to occupy blockers and free up linebackers like E.J. Henderson to make plays.

"Feldheim was really maturing as a player," Friedgen said. "He played very well this whole year. He was very consistent. We're going to miss him. He and [defensive tackle] Randy [Starks] play 80 percent of the plays. That's a tough place to play. You get hit every play. I'm just very appreciative of the effort C.J. gave us."

The nose tackle was hurt when he tripped over the tight end and twisted his knee on Maryland's first defensive play. Senior William Shime, who played sparingly this season before replacing Feldheim against Duke, will start at North Carolina (2-6, 0-4 ACC) on Saturday. The defensive line is further limited because top reserve Scott Smith's status is unclear. Smith, who had back surgery in February, did not travel to Duke because of more back problems. He received an injection for pain on Monday.

The offensive line also will be injury-riddled when the Terps (6-2, 2-1) go for a sixth straight win. Offensive tackle Matt Crawford has a severe knee sprain and is doubtful. Center/guard Todd Wike is recovering from a hyper-extended toe, and center Kyle Schmitt is still recovering after missing last week with a sprained shoulder.

The news is a little better for tailback Bruce Perry, who might be able to play this week after spraining a shoulder on his first play against Duke. Fellow running back Chris Downs should play despite a sprained ankle, and backup tailback Josh Allen is questionable with a sprained wrist.

The biggest setback is Feldheim, who became the second starter to go down for the season. Fullback Chad Killian tore an ACL in the fourth game.

"It was a monumental loss," cornerback Curome Cox said. "We can't ask for better pressure up front from [Feldheim and Starks]. As far as stopping the run, they're doing great there, too. It's sad also to see that happen to that type of person."

Suter's returns an ACC record

Steve Suter knew his 63-yard punt return against Duke gave his team momentum and led to a 10-point first-quarter lead. What he didn't know is that he became the first player in the 50-year history of the ACC to return three punts for touchdowns.

"That's crazy," said Suter, who was tied with 12 others before Saturday. "It's hard to imagine. There have been so many good players that have come through the ACC. To think that I broke a record is humbling, very humbling."

The 5-foot-9 sophomore also had an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown against West Virginia and took one back 81 yards for a score against Akron. He leads the ACC with 13.8 yards a return.

Extra points

Maryland safety Madieu Williams is second in the league in interceptions with four and 20th in the country. The Terps lead the league in scoring defense and are ninth nationally, allowing 15.4 points a game. The Maryland basketball team will hold an open scrimmage tonight at 7p.m. at Comcast Center.

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