One of the weekend's craziest plays was authored by Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who managed to intercept a Russell Wilson pass with one hand wrapped up in a club in the Eagles' loss at N.C. State on Saturday.
To get a look, go to the 45-second mark of this video.
But there was one person at Carter-Finley Stadium who could particularly appreciate Herzlich's deft play.
That was Maryland linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who was back in Raleigh to visit his family on the Terrapins' bye week. While other teammates got away from football, Hartsfield took advantage of the opportunity to hang out with friends while also getting an early look at two of Maryland's divisional foes (though given the time to get back for a rare weekend at home, chances are he was mostly --- and understandably --- hanging out with friends).
Hartsfield played under similar conditions in the second half of last season, and the "what" --- finding a way to hold on for a pick --- initially stood out to him even more than who actually pulled it off.
"That was crazy because I didn't realize it was him until after I looked at it," Hartsfield said. "That was a pretty good play. It's hard to catch with a cast on. I know it."
Which naturally begs the question: How much did Hartsfield try to polish his receiving skills while effectively functioning as a one-handed linebacker last fall?
"It's possible, but it doesn't happen all the time," Hartsfield said with a smile.