Former Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland earned the nickname “The Conscience,” because he was a graduate student in psychology and once said he hated to give people wrong advice and make bad decisions.
One of the best decisions Maryland ever made was turning down what likely would have been a lucrative professional contract to return for his senior season at Miami in 1990. That year, he had 96 tackles, 10.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, 19 quarterback pressures, five forced fumbles and two pass breakups. He became the first Miami player to win the coveted Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman. And now, he is one of two former ACC players -- along with Florida State defensive back Deion Sanders -- to be inducted into the 2011 FBS College Football Hall of Fame Class.
One of Maryland’s most memorable performances came against Texas in the 1991 Cotton Bowl, when Maryland had three sacks and nine tackles in UM's 46-3 win. He helped the Hurricanes win two national titles, and is a member of Miami’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He finished his Miami career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. He was the first player chosen in the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys and was part of three Super Bowl championships.