4. Who won the national championship in 1953?
5. Where did Big Mo and Little Mo, Dick Nolan, Mike Sandusky and Gary Collins play college ball? Not to mention the legendary King Corcoran of the Philadelphia Bell?
If you answered " Maryland" to all (or any) of the above, treat yourself to a crab cake and read on.
Two years ago, when Jerry Claiborne arrived at College Park, the glory days of Maryland football were a fading memory. Following Jim Tatum's departure in 1955 a succession of five coaches and 16 teams produced but three winning records. There were no bowl teams and only one All-America. Claiborne, a Bryant prot�g� who assisted the Bear at Kentucky, Texas A & M and Alabama, resuscitated the Terrapins.
Maryland finished 5-5-1 in 1972. Last year it was 8-4, with a Peach Bowl appearance, a berth in the final Top 20 and an All-America in Defensive Tackle Randy White. Not coincidentally, the Terrapins established a home-attendance record that has led to the expansion of Byrd Stadium's seating capacity. A few spoilsports suggest that the gate soared because of the curvaceous coed who cooed on television commercials, " Maryland football turns me on."
What in fact turned Maryland football on is the 45-year-old Claiborne, whose record at Virginia Tech from 1961 to 1970 (61-39-2) put him among the top 25 coaches in the country. "He has so much confidence in himself that he makes a believer out of you," says Wide Receiver Frank Russell. "He's built that winning confidence in us. We've always had the physical ability. He's changed our mental outlook."
Claiborne is a strict disciplinarian, but his players approve of his "Yes, sir, no, sir" and 11 p.m. curfew dicta. "We had some talent before," says one former Terp, "but we needed tightening up."
Randy White is a good example of the new breed. When the All-America lineman was a freshman he weighed 212 pounds and covered 40 yards in a Terrapin-like 4.9 seconds. Last spring he was a solid 248, ran the 40 in 4.65 time and could bench-press 430 pounds. Last season White and Defensive Back Bob Smith keyed a defense that led the Atlantic Coast Conference for the second straight year and was in the top 10 nationally in both points and rushing yards allowed. That defense returns eight starters; the offense 10.
With the starters having an additional year's experience, Maryland should eliminate the mistakes that cost it three ball games last season. West Virginia won on a 68-yard punt return with eight seconds left. Against North Carolina State the Terps blew a 17-0 lead and missed a late field goal to lose by two points. Georgia won the Peach Bowl 17-16.
"For the first time," says Claiborne, the 1973 ACC Coach of the Year, "we've got a great group to build on. Our front line will be all right."