As we pulled into the team hotel at College Park, Maryland on the campus of the University of Maryland on Saturday night in advance of Sunday’s game against the Redskins, the bright lights of Byrd Stadium were in clear view. The Terrapins were taking on the North Carolina State Wolfpack in a key Atlantic Coast Conference battle.
I’m sure the scene brought back fond memories for a handful of Vikings players who attended the University of Maryland – TE Jeff Dugan, LBs E.J. and Erin Henderson and S Madieu Williams. Perhaps it also served as some inspiration for the Henderson brothers, because they both performed on Sunday at FedEx Field the same way they performed at Byrd Stadium on Saturdays several years ago – outstanding.
Erin, the younger Henderson brother, was on the active 45-man roster for the 5th time this season and was a key special teams player. He recorded 2 special teams tackles, including an impressive open-field stop of electric return man Brandon Banks on the game’s opening kickoff.
E.J. was the defensive player of the game, collecting 4 tackles – 1 of which came for a loss – and also grabbing an INT and registering a sack. The Redskins had thoughts of stringing together a quick drive in the final moments of the 2nd quarter to get a FG, but E.J. ended any chance of that by pressuring QB Donovan McNabb right up the middle and bringing him down for a 9-yard loss. Then later in the 3rd quarter with Washington on their own 5, Henderson came down with a tipped pass and set the offense up for a FG to give the Purple a 17-7 lead.
The sack by E.J. was his first since November 22 of last year and the INT gives him 3 for the season – he had 2 against the Cowboys in Week 6.
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