Profiles In Terpage – A Countdown To The Football Season: Matt Furstenburg

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A recurring series where we will profile every player and coach on Maryland’s roster, counting down to kick-off against Miami. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.

Today we profile a player who was a very highly touted recruit.

Matt Furstenburg, Junior (RS), Tight End

Stats:

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 245

Ratings: Three stars by Rivals; four stars by Scout; three stars by ESPN, #27 tight end in 2013 draft class by NFL Draft Scout

40-yard dash time: 4.58

High School Stats (Senior Year): 28 catches for 400 yards and four touchdowns, 76 tackles and eight sacks

College Stats (through three seasons): 13 receptions for 215 yards and one touchdown

High School: Hunterdon Central Regional High School (Princeton, N.J.)

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. Last season, he started in eleven games, playing in the other two, recording twelve receptions for 206 yards and one touchdown.

More after the jump.

Nickname:

Matt “First And Burg” Furstenburg. It will now be said every time he catches a first down pass.

Career Highlight:

The touchdown he caught against Morgan State.

Career Lowlight:

The injury he suffered in his first year.

Arbitrary Top Five List:

Recent D-1 Prospects from Hun or Hunterdon:

1. Anthony LaLota

2. Tyler Stockton

3. Matt Ioannidis

4. Anthony Alosi

5. Matt Furstenburg

Dream Season:

Furstenburg becomes one of Danny O’Brien’s top targets, especially in the end zone, as he records at least five touchdown catches.

Nightmare season:

Furstenburg regresses, as Dave Stinebaugh takes over the starting tight end spot.

2011 Prospectus:

Matt Furstenburg is the unquestioned starter at tight end for Maryland as they enter the 2011 season. A big time prospect coming out of high school, he hasn’t yet lived up to the billing in his career in College Park. He showed flashes of greatness last season, and for the most part was productive last year.

There is quite a bit of talent behind him at the position – Dave Stinebaugh has been productive in his career as a Terp, Devonte Campbell was another big-time recruit, and Ryan Schlothauer has done well in limited time – so there is a little bit of pressure on Furstenburg. For the most part, however, there is very little chance he loses his starting job.

We don’t really know how much Maryland will use their tight ends this year, but my guess is more than expected. Gary Crowton has never really used his tight ends in the past, but Randy Edsall has talked about building their strategy around their personnel, and not the other way around. With the losses of Torrey Smith, Adrian Cannon, and LaQuan Williams to the NFL, the Terps are left with not a lot of experienced options at wide receiver. There is talent there (and we’ll get to that soon enough), but most of Maryland’s experienced pass catchers can be found at the tight end position. DOB and Furstenburg seemed to have a good connection last season – we’ll see if that grows in this upcoming year.

Up Next:

The subject of our next profile came to Maryland from LSU with Gary Crowton.