Flashback to 2006?
Gather a bunch of Maryland fans and just mention a few words: Wake Forest … 2006 … 38-24. They’ll know.
Maryland’s 30 seniors remember that game, and they remember the feeling they had after losing an opportunity to win the Atlantic Division title. Players had trouble speaking after that loss. Ralph Friedgen said after the game, “We didn’t show up tonight. It was like we didn’t want to be there.”
Maryland senior defensive lineman Jeremy Navarre said the seniors talked about that game on Monday in a meeting. “We were in the same position we were two years ago and we chocked and we lost,” he said. “That’s on everybody’s mind.
“It is kind of our motivation. We don’t want it to happen again. All 30 seniors were there two years ago. We learned from that. I had two more years after that. This is much more important, because this is it.”
Maryland center Edwin Williams said: “At that time we didn’t realize or believed how special we could have been. We were thinking, ‘Can we even win? Are we good enough to do this?’ This year, we have a lot of positive people who really want to get better.”
Will the experience of 2006’s failure against Wake Forest help Maryland on Saturday or not?
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