Sizing up Da'Rel Scott's place in Maryland football lore as he enters his senior season:
* 308 carries (20th in school history)
* 1,693 yards (15th in school history)
* 5.5 yards per carry (third in school history)
* 12 rushing touchdowns (tied for 20th in school history)
* 6 games of 100+ yards rushing (tied for fifth in school history)
It'll be a lot easier to place Scott among the top contributors of the Ralph Friedgen years after his senior season is through.
Assuming he can stay healthy --- which he did not as a junior --- he'll probably rise into the top 10 of most categories. He might even join Charlie Wysocki as the only players in Terrapin history to roll up a pair of 1,000-yard seasons.
Certainly, some of his star turns as a sophomore --- including the 174-yard outburst in the second half of the Humanitarian Bowl --- warrant plenty of respect. His two fourth-quarter touchdowns earned him the game's MVP award.
Yet in some ways, his most impressive feat was averaging 5.0 yards as a junior behind a struggling offensive line. By comparison, the rest of the team averaged 2.6 yards a carry. With sacks removed from the equation, Maryland still managed just 3.8 yards a carry when Scott wasn't rushing.
Scott already has a first-team all-conference season to his credit. If he puts together a full season this fall, his ranking among the top players of Friedgen's tenure would skyrocket as a result.