CLEMSON, S.C. — Saturday's game produced the first catches in the Maryland career of tight end — and former Terps lacrosse player — Will Yeatman.
Yeatman was playing with a slimmed-down cast on his broken finger. Coaches hoped the lighter wrap might make it easier for him to catch.
It worked. The Notre Dame transfer made his first reception of the season, for 10 yards, early in the second quarter. He caught a 20-yarder and an 11-yarder on the same drive. The drive ended with Maryland's only points of the game.
Helped by Yeatman, Maryland got solid production from its tight ends.
Tight end Matt Furstenburg was a frequent target of quarterback Danny O'Brien. Maryland coaches mixed in plenty of short passes to Furstenburg to try to take the defensive pressure off O'Brien.
Furstenburg, a redshirt sophomore, finished with five catches for 98 yards — both career bests.
Avoiding Logan, Smith
It has become a weekly guessing game: will Maryland's opponent try to kick away from punt returner Tony Logan or kick returner Torrey Smith?
The two are Maryland's most explosive players. Logan, who has two punt-return touchdowns of 80-plus yards, entered Saturday averaging 27.7 yards per return — best in the nation.
Smith, who has a school record three career kickoff-return touchdowns, has been slowed recently by a bad ankle. Coaches hoped the recent bye week — and better blocking — could help solve what has been ailing him.
The Tigers did not kick away from the two, but did a solid job on return coverage.
Logan had three punt returns for 28 yards. His efforts to break a long one were complicated by the punting of Dawson Zimmerman, one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's best.
Zimmerman landed four punts out of seven inside the 20-yard-line. Logan called for fair catches three times — something he hates to do.
Smith had two kickoff returns for 37 yards.