Maryland junior Trenton Hughes intercepted his first career pass on Saturday.
He's already thinking about the second.
"One of many to come," Hughes said.
Hughes, though, doesn't mind revisiting the crucial play in the fourth quarter of the Terrapins' 42-28 victory over Florida International.
Maryland had just taken its first 14-point lead of the day, only to see the Golden Panthers returning the ensuing kickoff into Terp territory. Three plays later, though, Hughes stepped in front of a Wes Carroll pass on the goal line, then fell down at the 2 while securing the ball.
That was plenty of fun by itself. The Maryland bench, though, got a chuckle when Hughes popped up and started running toward the end zone.
"I thought I was in the NFL, I really did," Hughes said. "I picked up the ball and kept going. If it was the NFL, I'd have been 100 yards down the field. Everybody on the bench was like 'You're not in the NFL, so you need to chill out.' I was real excited. At first I fumbled around with it, and the reason I fell down was I needed to secure it."
It wasn't the first time Hughes needed to settle down this season. The first-time starter, who played sparingly the last two years besides extended time in the second half against Virginia Tech last year, was perhaps too energetic early in games.
Tuesday, Hughes hauled around the special teams helmet, given weekly to a contributor on multiple special teams units. Hughes, who is part of the kickoff team, the punt team and the field goal/PAT block unit, probably gets himself a little amped up when his first action in many games is to run downfield and try to hit someone at full speed.
"In his first few starts, I think he gets too geared up early," defensive coordinator Don Brown said. "I have to take him out of the game and let him breathe and let him calm down. Then when I reinsert him, he calms down and plays better. His energy and his focus were much better through the 60 minutes [Saturday]."
The interception also arrived at a good time for Hughes. Like much of the secondary, he struggled at times a week earlier at West Virginia.
"His techniques and fundamentals were much better," Brown said. "There were a couple of routes that he got identical routes at West Virginia and didn't play them fundamentally well and played them technique perfect. I just feel a lot better about him because he played with a lot of pressure under the gun and did things the right way. He had a really impressive performance."
The pick was the first by a Maryland cornerback since Cameron Chism had one late in the fourth quarter at Florida State last year --- a span of nearly five full games.
That doesn't matter much at this stage to Hughes, who split time in September with Dexter McDougle and wants to parlay his months of firsts into something even better the rest of the season.
"I was very relieved I got my first big production play," Hughes said. "Being a corner, with production you think about interceptions. That's all we think about is interceptions. I'm glad I got my first one."