COLLEGE PARK -- Dave DeArmas would like to banish The Streak from his mind, but the Maryland kickers who compiled it won't let him.
"You're next," Jess Atkinson said, grinning evilly.
"Don't blow it," Dan Plocki said.
It is now DeArmas' turn to extend The Streak. Starting with
Atkinson in mid-1984 and continuing with Plocki, Ramon Paredes and Dan DeArmas, Maryland kickers have a string of 182 extra points, an Atlantic Coast Conference record. The NCAA record is 262 by Syracuse from 1978-89.
Dave is taking the baton from his brother Dan, who last year completed his college career 62-for-62. Recently released by the Kansas City Chiefs, Dan is here, helping Dave prepare to protect The Streak.
"The fact he's now the kicker means more to me than The Streak itself," Dan said. "It's still in the family, and it's almost like I'm still in there kicking them."
Dave, a redshirt freshman, watched last season as his brother extended The Streak to 182.
"I'd like to say I don't think about it, but I'd be lying," Dave said. "It is something, and something to be proud of. When I go on the field, I look on the extra point as a 20-yard field goal, worth three points instead of one, to make it seem more important."
He came to Maryland out of DeMatha High, where, as a senior, he was heralded as the best prep place-kicker in the country by USA Today. He was only the second kicker to arrive at Maryland with a scholarship; Dan was the first.
"A lot of people were skeptical because of all that publicity he got," Dan said. "Now he gets the chance to show them. He's an ice man out there, and very consistent. His form is flawless."
The DeArmas brothers were born and reared in Miami. Dan came to Maryland in 1987, and a few years later the entire family moved here after his father got a job as a shop manager with Dowty Aerospace in Sterling, Va.
Dave was entering his junior year in high school. When they looked for a school for him, all they heard was DeMatha, for academics as well as football.
In his senior year, Dave was perfect on 44 extra-point attempts and converted 15 of 19 field goal tries, including a long of 52 yards. He canceled visits to Miami, Tennessee and Ohio State after deciding on Maryland.
"When we first moved here, I was scared to leave Miami," DeArmas said. "My feelings changed; I didn't want to go back there to college. I'm a state of Maryland kid now."
Maryland officials say a story yesterday in The Diamondback, the student newspaper, suggesting the school may have broken an NCAA football recruiting rule is incorrect.
Coach Mark Duffner invited some 80 high school juniors, all prospective recruits, and their families to a picnic Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
In keeping with NCAA rules, Maryland collected $5 apiece, a total of $900, from the visitors and kept receipts. The Diamondback, noting that 230 persons attended, said that $1,150 should have been collected and that the $250 difference "is the recruiting violation."
"Some of those people were athletic staff and ate free, yes, but that's not a violation," said Sue Tyler, associate athletic director in charge of NCAA rules compliance.
"All the kids and their families paid $5. There was nothing illegal done."
Varsity players joined the freshmen in the Terps' camp yesterday and will undergo strength and running tests today. Two workouts are scheduled tomorrow.