Saturday, December 07, 2013 2:27 AM
Published on: Monday, October 21, 2013
By Brandy Simms, Sentinel Sports Reporter
On Oct 14, Maryland junior linebacker L.A. Goree was named Atlantic Coast Conference Linebacker of the Week for his performance in the Terrapins’ 27-26 win over Virginia.
Goree, a Bowie native, registered a career-high 16 tackles including nine solo stops in the Terps’ win over Virginia.
The C.H. Flowers High School graduate helped Maryland rebound after a 63-0 loss to Florida State the previous week.
“It was really huge,” said Goree, “because at that point a lot of teams would hold their head down and say that the season is over. We definitely held our heads high and came out with a tough victory.”
Goree’s 16 tackles is the most by a Maryland player since Demetrius Hartsfield recorded 18 tackles against N.C. State during the 2011 campaign.
“I think L.A. is having a really good year for us,” said Maryland head coach Randy Edsall. “It’s great to see him get the recognition this week for his play a week ago. I think he’s really become more of a student of the game and understanding his role and how his role revolves within our defense, but again I’ve liked the progression he’s made in the last three years and I think he’s still going to get better.”
Goree became the fifth Maryland player to earn ACC weekly honors this season, joining a list that includes Stefon Diggs, Dexter McDougle, Marcus Whitfield and A.J. Hendy.
“He’s a guy that really wants to do well, he’s not afraid of hard work, he’s physical,” said Edsall. “But again, I think the same thing; he’ll just continue to get better as he continues to hone his techniques and continues to get better from a fundamentals standpoint.”