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Who’s the best tight end in Maryland football history?

It’s your call. Here are some options.

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It’s Tight Ends Week at Testudo Times. Just like we did with quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, we’re taking a look at some of the best to ever play the position for Maryland football.

Here are the nominees:

Vernon Davis

Davis ranks No. 20 in school history with 83 career receptions, No. 15 with 1,371 career receiving yards and is tied for 15th with nine career receiving touchdowns. His 51 catches during his 2005 junior season is tied for 14th in a single season and his three receiving touchdowns against Duke in 2004 are second only to Torrey Smith’s four against NC State in 2010. Davis’ 871-yard 2005 season is the sixth-best of anyone—and best by a tight end—in Maryland history. His six career 100-yard games are tied for fifth-most with Stefon Diggs; four of them came in the 2005 season, which ties him for second most 100-yard games in a season.

In 2005, Davis was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association and College Football News, in addition to earning All-ACC First Team honors.

He went on to become the sixth overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft. Only four Maryland players have ever been selected higher.

Frank Wycheck

Wycheck’s 134 career receptions puts him at No. 6 all-time, thanks in large part to his 58-catch 1990 season, which ranks eighth in program history and is the most catches ever by a freshman. That 1990 season was aided by two big games: a 14-reception outburst against Virginia Tech and a 12-reception performance against NC State. His Virginia Tech output is tied for second-most receptions in a game, while the NC State total has him at No. 6 on the same list. Wycheck is No. 21 all-time in career receiving yards, and also has two 100-yard rushing games to his name.

Wycheck went on to become a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Tennessee Titans.

Ferrell Edmunds

Edmunds’ 101 receptions are the 12th-most in program history, while his 1,641 receiving yards are 10th all-time. His 10 receiving touchdowns put him tied for 10th in that category.

The 1987 First Team All-ACC honoree went on to be a two-time Pro Bowl selection and an NFL All-Pro in 1989. His son Trey played for Maryland as a graduate transfer in 2016.

Honorable mention: Dick Absher, Ron Pearson, Walter White, Eric Sievers, John Tice


Who do you think is the best tight end in Terps history?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Vernon Davis
    (702 votes)
  • 21%
    Frank Wycheck
    (228 votes)
  • 11%
    Ferrell Edmunds
    (117 votes)
  • 1%
    Other—comment your answer
    (15 votes)
1062 votes total Vote Now

Editor’s note: These statistics are from Maryland’s record book, which does not have separate record categories for tight ends and receivers, so any standing in any category is measured against all Terps who’ve ever caught a ball in a game.