Quiet Furstenberg delivers loudly for Terps

Quiet Furstenberg delivers loudly for Terps
October 20, 2011, 3:39 am
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Updated: October 20, 2011 6: 21 p.m.By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comSoft-spoken is certainly one way to describe Maryland tight end Matt Furstenberg. The Terps active leading receiver (sort of) coming of a career-best game is another.Deemed a quiet leader by histeammates, Furstenbergboldly scored two touchdowns and hauled in five passes for 104 yards last week against then No. 8 Clemson. That level of production combined withtheburst of open-field swerve he displayed with would-be tacklers in pursuit gives a player some leeway when it comes to the swagger department. It was clear while speaking with members of the media about Saturdays clash at Florida State that the humble junior did not receive that specific memo. Im not really a vocal guy, the low-key Furstenberg said Wednesday inside Gossett team house. Leading by actions is more powerful than words.He turned that bumper sticker of a slogan into reality against the Tigers. In C. J. Browns first career start, Furstenberg became the primary target. The pair smoothly worked the field as if they had countless times before, twice hooking up on screen passes that resulted in scores from 22 and 32 yards out. The secondtouchdown put the Terps back on top and temporarily changed the momentum midway through the fourth quarter.He ran the right route and I hit him and it was big and he was able to spring it on the outside, Brown said of the second touchdown to his deceptively speedy receiver.Maryland (2-4, 1-2 ACC) coach Randy Edsall confirmed on Tuesday that the pair would have a chance to play pitch and catch again as Brown draws the start against Florida State (3-3, 1-2) over fellow sophomore Danny OBrien. Furstenberg caught 12 passes last season and his 206 yards ranked third on the team. However, the tight end's role in the Terpsnew spread, fast-paced offense, onethat emphasizes true perimeter burners,was uncertain.After he racked up 68 and 70 yards in the first two games, Furstenbergs impact in the game plan was clear. Not that he was concerned.In the spring I got the ball a lot and its been the way since, Furstenberg said. With 21 receptions for 256 yards this campaign,the Flemington,N.J. nativesurpassed his 2010 totals in only six games. Furstenberg's 100-yard outing was the first by a Maryland tight end since future NFL star Vernon Davis in 2005. This week he was named to the midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which honors the nation's top tight ends."I think Matt is having an outstanding year, Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. He is a guy who is doing a lot of good things. He is blocking and catching the ball. What he did after the catch last week was great.Oh yeah, let us go back to that active leading receiver thing. See, wide receiver Kevin Dorsey actually tops the Terps in yards and receptions, ahead of Furstenberg in both categories. However Dorseyis unlikely to play against the Seminoles after apparently suffering an undisclosed injury. True freshman Marcus Leak projects to make his first start.It is hardly the first time this season the Terps receiving corps have been down a man. Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler each missed two games due to suspension. Fourth on the team in receptions, Tylers name has been scrubbed from two-deep depth chart this week for on-field performance. Furstenberg dealt with his own malady, a hyper-extended knee injury suffered in the loss to Temple. The following week against Towson, he was back on the field, showing off thatstep up and lead by example thing. Weve had different guys come in and out. Guys that came in did a great job when they got their opportunity, Furstenberg said. We just need to focus the receivers, all of us on making the plays. Were really close. We just need a little more focus.The Seminoles contest represents the start to the second half of the season. Staring at a 2-5 record with a loss, Marylandhas certainly entered the action speaks louder than words portion of the campaign. In that area, clearly the program has the right player leading the way.NotesEdsall announced special teams contributors Tyrek Cheeseboro and Avery Bradley would miss the remainder of the season. Both players limped off the field following kickoffs in the loss to Georgia Tech and Cheeseboro will have surgery. The reserve wide receiver played only three games, giving Edsall hope that a redshirt season is possible.