J.D. Maarleveld, Maryland's 300-pound right offensive tackle, became the first Terrapin in nine years to be named first-team all-America yesterday when he was selected for the honor by the American Football Coaches Association.
Maarleveld began his career at Notre Dame in 1981 but underwent surgery and subsequent chemotherapy and radiation treatments in 1982 for the cancer known as Hodgkin's disease. Notre Dame officials questioned whether Maarleveld should play again, so he transferred to Maryland.
"I can't even fathom being an all-America," Maarleveld said last night, minutes after being told of his selection. "I just never expected this. I wanted to be all-Atlantic Coast Conference. I used to dream about this, but that was all. It was nothing more than a dream.
"I just want to jump up and down. I called my mother and all she did was scream. I'd better call my father and hear him scream, too."
After sitting out the 1983 season at Maryland, Maarleveld became a starter in the third game last season and has started all 19 of Maryland's games since.
Jim Dombrowski, Virginia's 296-pound senior tackle, joined Maarleveld on the offensive line. The 100 coaches who did the voting for the team -- to be officially announced today -- also chose quarterback Chuck Long of Rose Bowl-bound Iowa; running backs Bo Jackson of Auburn and Lorenzo White of Michigan State; and wide receiver David Williams of Illinois, a repeat selection.
The defensive team was led by Tim Green, a senior lineman from Syracuse. Michigan placed two defenders on the team, Mike Hammerstein from the line and Brad Cochran from the secondary.
The last first-team all-America at Maryland was defensive tackle Joe Campbell in 1976.