Tony Logan

Tony Logan (US Presswire / September 25, 2010)

Tony Logan was one of the few constants for an up-and-down Maryland football program over the past three years. The Piscataway, N.J., native was a dynamic special-teams presence, making the Terps a threat to score on every punt return.

A first-team All-ACC selection in 2010, Logan finished his Maryland career with 805 yards and two touchdowns on 68 punt returns. He also returned 17 kicks for 362 yards and caught 10 passes for 75 yards. Logan left College Park ranked third on Maryland's list of career punt return yards and seventh in punt return average (11.84 yards). His 560 punt return yards as a redshirt junior was the second-highest total in Maryland and ACC history.

Logan, who's back home in New Jersey training for a pro football career, spoke with The Sun this week about his Terps career.

How did you end up at Maryland in the first place?

Actually, I used to go to ... the Maryland football camps in the summer when I was growing up. It was kind of a comfort thing. I had a few offers, but I liked going down there with the coaches they had when I was going there.

What were those first years like for you in terms of trying to make an impact on the field?

Obviously starting off first on special teams, trying to make some plays and trying to make a name for myself with the guys. I was trying to compete and especially [trying to impress] the coaches as well. We had a good team when I first got there. We had a lot of guys that went to the NFL – a lot of great players. I just wanted to get in and learn how to play the game at that level.

Obviously you found your niche as a punt returner. Did you have experience doing that in high school?

I never did it in high school. It was actually something I started in college. I was comfortable catching the football and felt good about that. The main thing Coach [Ralph] Friedgen  harped on was having sure hands. I didn’t ever really drop the ball. It was something I got a chance to do in the Humanitarian Bowl my redshirt sophomore year. I started from there.

What did it feel like when you really started to do well returning punts?

It felt good. It’s one of those surreal positions where it’s kind of exhilarating once you go out there. That never goes away. It’s a great opportunity to make a play for my team and just [change the] momentum and help win games.

Did you expect to have that much success, particularly in your redshirt junior year?

I didn’t expect to have that much success. I expected to do well; I expected to score at least once. I just had a couple big games where guys on the special teams unit worked hard to make blocks so I could make something happen. It was a great year, a great opportunity, and I took advantage of that.

Was there any specific return that really stands out?

Probably two. Probably the first long one I had against Clemson my [redshirt sophomore] year. It was probably the loudest I ever heard Byrd Stadium. Then the [84-yard touchdown return against] Duke I had my junior year was pretty amazing. We were down in the game and I kind of gave the team a boost and took it from there.

What did you want to accomplish as a fifth-year senior?

I wanted to play a little bit more receiver to prove I could play. I had already proved that I could return the ball, so I wanted to play a little more receiver and obviously help on kick and punt returns. That’s kind of what I was thinking of doing.

Were you disappointed when that didn’t really happen?

It was a little disappointing just because of the [lack of] team success, not necessarily individually. I knew it was going to be tough from that standpoint. We had a lot of good receivers. From a team perspective, I expected to be a little bit better. But that’s really it.

What was the transition like for you, going from playing for Ralph Friedgen to playing for Randy Edsall?