COLLEGE PARK, MD - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Matt Furstenburg #89 of the Maryland Terrapins stiff arms safety Jonathan Meeks #5 of the Clemson Tigers after catching a pass during the first half at Byrd Stadium on October 15, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile Maryland's starting tight end.
Matt Furstenburg, Senior (RS), Tight End, #89
Major: Family Science (graduated), in a real estate graduate program
Twitter: None that we could find.
Collegiate Stats: 44 receptions for 563 yards and three touchdowns
High School Stats (Senior Year): 28 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns, 76 tackles and eight sacks
Recruiting Ratings: Four stars by Scout, three stars by Rivals, ESPN
High School: Hunterdon Central Regional
Hometown: Flemington, Nj.
High School Highlights:
None we could find.
How'd He Get to College Park?
Matt Furstenburg was a big-time tight end prospect coming out of Hunterdon Central, leading the Red Devils to a state championship in football in 2006 and in lacrosse in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He then went to prep school at the Hun School, helping the Raiders to their first undefeated year since 1991.
Furstenburg was brought in by Dave Sollazzo, and he was also recruited by North Carolina and Pittsburgh, among others.
Furstenburg played in two games on special teams during his first year on campus, but was then injured and earned a redshirt season. During his freshman season, part two, he started the season opener against Cal and then played in ten more games. As a sophomore, he started in eleven games, playing in the other two, recording twelve receptions for 206 yards and one touchdown.
Last year, his role in the offense was expanded even further. He started all twelve games, catching 31 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs. This year, he's a preseason first team all-conference selection.
Matt "First and Burg" Furstenburg
Preseason first-team all ACC honors this year
The injury in his first year
Furstenburg lives up to his preseason honors, matching his career stats.
Furstenburg isn't used much in the new offense.
Matt Furstenburg is the unquestioned starter at tight end for Maryland. He's supremely talented, put together a very good year last season, and has gathered some serious accolades heading into this year.
It's hard to know exactly what Mike Locksley's offense will look like this time around in College Park, so we'll just have to see how much they decide to use the tight end. He's talented, and they've got a young quarterback who is not exactly known for his arm, so you'd have to think quite a bit.
Behind Furstenburg, there's a talented athlete who has disappointed (Devonte Campbell), an oft-injured player who produces when healthy (Dave Stinebaugh) and an overachieving former walk-on just looking for a shot (Ryan Schlothauer). Hooray archetypes.
The subject of our next profile is most famous for a spike-ball call that lost a game.
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