Tony Logan's chances of chasing down Maryland's single-season punt return yardage record have diminished considerably the last two weeks.
Depending on how you look at it, it's through no fault of his own or has everything to do with him.
For the second straight week, Logan had minimal opportunities to add to his punt return yardage total. Against Virginia's Jimmy Howell, he managed one yard against a punter who regularly employs a rugby punt. Florida State's Shawn Powell has taken to using the rugby kick at times of late, and Logan didn't have a return.
"They're all doing that because of Tony," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "To me, that's the highest praise you can get --- not kicking the ball to him. They know what he can do if he gets the ball, so they're either rugbying it or they're having a little bit more success because they're getting a roll on that. What we have to do is find a way for him to catch one of those low kicks. Then they won't be rugbying any more."
In any case, Logan has fallen 76 yards behind Steve Suter's pace when he set the school record with 771 yards in 2002.
TONY LOGAN PUNT RETURN TRACKER (YARDS THROUGH EACH GAME)
Logan now has only two games to get 209 yards to catch Suter, since Maryland's chances of adding a trip to the ACC title game are dashed.Nonetheless, the junior has still enjoyed a wildly successful season and is well-established as a major special teams threat, even if Suter's record will be difficult to track down this season.