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Poll: After seven games, who is your Maryland team MVP?

This is straight-forward question: Who is Maryland’s MVP through seven games? Terrapins Coach Ralph Friedgen gave his answer Tuesday: offensive lineman Paul Pinegar, the former walk-on who can play all five line positions. Friedgen does not even want to think about where his team would be without Pinegar.

But there are some other good choices.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith has six touchdown receptions, tied for second in the ACC.

Quarterback Danny O’Brien ranks fifth in the ACC in passing efficiency (127.9), which is fifth among division I-A freshmen.

Tony Logan has returned two punts for touchdowns and has Maryland ranked first nationally in punt returns.

Linebacker Alex Wujciak is ranked second in the ACC and 14th nationally in tackles (10.6 per game).

Safety Kenny Tate is fifth in the ACC in tackles (eight per game) and first in forced fumbles (.57 per game).

Tough call. It really is. After a lot of thought about this, my vote goes to O’Brien. I nearly voted for Logan. I just think the offense has a different confidence and looks appreciatively better with O’Brien under center. In my mind, he makes that much of a difference. More than that, part of this season, a big part of it, is giving fans and the administration a reason to believe things will continue to improve, that the road ahead is a lot smoother than the road Maryland has traveled the past 15 months. O’Brien gives you that confidence.

Thoughts?

By Eric Prisbell  | October 27, 2010; 8:24 AM ET
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Comments

never said it before so "first" with 100% of the one vote going to DOB. I kinda get Pinegar from F's point of view, but DOB DOES give hope for the next few years. One good job we can point to courtesy of JF. Looking forward to this team finally delivering a buttkicking which I think will happen against Wake. However, one key deficiency thus far in this team has been the lack of running production. To compete with the non-Dukes of the world we need Scott, Meggett and others doing a lot more than catching screens and outlets. That will help DOB the most.

That win over Navy is looking real good right now.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 27, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I think that the team is not where it is without O'Brien, and he is exceeding all expectations as a freshman starting QB. However, my vote goes to Tate, who just about single handedly is responsible for two of Maryland's wins this year, and is one of the reasons this defense is able to buckle down when they need to. Who would have thought an All-Met wide receiver would turn into one of the best safeties in the ACC?

Posted by: Russtinator | October 27, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you Russinator on Kenny Tate, the guy has willed the Terps to a couple of wins.

Posted by: Section505203 | October 27, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The guy who make the funnel cakes, definitely the funnel cakes.

Posted by: cool_beverage | October 27, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The guy who makes the funnel cakes. Definitely the funnel cakes.

Posted by: cool_beverage | October 27, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree with HGR and Russ. It's between DOB and Tate. I will give the slight edge to DOB because he has turned this year around and has the potential to make the Terps good for years to come. But Tate has been a beast for sure.

Posted by: aviscardo | October 27, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Moten has made some game-changing plays this year--I would've thought he would make this list.

Posted by: LeftCoastTerp | October 27, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

It is nice to see that at least the general public (as indicated in the poll) is more understanding of the talents of Paul Pinegar than those who have taken to commenting. How can you continue to discount the fact that here is a kid who has played every line position and played it well? In a game of total specialization, it is unique to find a player mentally capable of picking up that many different positions at the college level.

Posted by: Sabre3081 | October 28, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

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