November 7, 2007

Nolan Carroll makes a move

You would be hard pressed to find a college football player, other than maybe a kicker or a punter, with as much passion for the 'other' football -- soccer -- than Terps sophomore cornerback Nolan Carroll.

In his dorm room Carroll has a soccer ball, and in the spring and summer he's just as likely to be on the soccer field enjoying a pick-up game as working out for football.

From about the time he could walk to his first year in high school, Carroll was all about soccer with little interest in the gridiron.

But after his freshman year at Green Cove Springs (FL) Clay High School, Carroll asked his mother's permission to try out for football. His mother, a former Lt. Commander in the Navy, didn't want any part of him playing football. After some perseverance she finally relented and agreed to let him try out that summer.

The next three years he spent as a starting wide receiver and soon gained the attention of college coaches vying for his signature.

When Maryland beat out Ole Miss, Louisville, Colorado and Indiana for Carroll, the coaches figured with his speed (4.45 40) and size (6-1) that he would be another weapon to add to their promising incoming wide receiver corps. With Darrius Heyward-Bey, Isaiah Williams and Danny Oquendo already on board, Carroll would be the fourth in the class.

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