Top 10 Maryland football players of all time

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With Maryland officially joining the Big Ten, it’s time to become familiar with some of the program’s football history. Here’s a look at my top 10 all-time best Maryland players.

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1. QB Jack Scarbath (1950-52). This guy poured cement to help build Byrd Stadium. Scarbath was the Heisman runner-up in 1952 and the third pick in the 1953 NFL draft. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

2. QB Bernie Faloney (1951-53). The quarterbacking great helped lead the Terps to the Sugar Bowl in 1952. As a senior, Faloney led Maryland to the national title in 1953, capping it with a trip to the Orange Bowl. He finished fourth in 1953 Heisman voting.

3. DT Randy White (1972-74). After playing fullback as a freshman, White was moved to the d-line and blossomed into an Outland and Lombard Trophy winner. He went on to become a Hall of Fame player with the Dallas Cowboys on some dominant “Doomsday” defenses.

4. WR Gary Collins (1959-61). When he left Maryland in 1961, he was one of the top wideouts in ACC annals while doubling as a punter. That same year, Collins was eighth in Heisman voting. He was the fourth pick in the 1962 draft.

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5. QB Boomer Esiason (1981-83). He set 17 school records en route to completing 461-of-850 passes (54.2 percent) for 6,169 yards and 42 touchdowns with 27 interceptions. Esiason was a two-time honorable mention All-American in 1982 and 1983 who enjoyed a standout NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals.

6. DB/WR Tom Brown (1960-62). One of the top all-around athletes in Maryland annals, Brown was a two-way star for the Terps. In addition to playing in the NFL, Brown also had a stint in the big leagues.

7. QB Scott Milanovich (1993-95). Recognized as the top passer in Terrapin history when he departed College Park, Milanovich left school with career records for passing yards (7,301), attempts (982) and completions (650).

8. TE Vernon Davis (2003-05). One of the school’s most impressive physical specimens, Davis was a consensus All-American in 2005 when he led the team with 51 receptions and the conference with 871 receiving yards (17.1 avg.). Davis was the sixth pick of the 2006 draft and is a standout with the 49ers.

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9. LB E.J.Henderson (1999-2002). A two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year and two-time consensus All-American, Henderson left College Park holding three NCAA records: career total tackles per game (12.5), season unassisted tackles (135 in 2002), and career unassisted tackles per game (8.8).

10. DL Stan Jones (1951-53). A unanimous All-American in 1953 and the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy winner, Jones helped Maryland win the national championship the same season. He went on to become a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and the top blocker in Terps’ annals.

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Jimmy D on 7/2/2014 @ 1:19pm EST Said:

Bob Pellegrini should be on this list.

DaHook on 7/6/2014 @ 12:55am EST Said:

Vernon Davis should have been on this list as well.

DaHook on 7/6/2014 @ 12:56am EST Said:

Sorry, I did not see his name the 1st time. I apologize for the mistake.