Dave DeArmas cheerily admits he is perfectly satisfied to do the kicking for DeMatha High School, and nothing else, even if his older brother Dan -- a linebacker in high school and now the kicker at Maryland -- always is telling his younger brother that there is so much more to the game.

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"He only says that because he doesn't know what it's like to just go out and stick somebody," said Dan DeArmas. "I'd much rather be 6 foot 6, 290 pounds and knocking people on their rear ends.

"I'm a lineman trapped in a kicker's body. . . . When you think about it, kicking's pretty boring -- you kick a ball through a goal post and the play's over, or you punt it and there's a fair catch, same thing. I don't even like talking about kicking, but I guess it's a good time for it now."

It certainly is. When Dan connected on a 25-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining to give the Terrapins a 13-12 victory over North Carolina State Saturday, it continued the DeArmas' run of excellence. Earlier in the game, Dan, a junior who also averages 40.9 yards per punt, converted his 31st consecutive extra point, extending his ACC record to 149 in a row.

The night before, Dave made eight straight conversions in a 58-0 DeMatha rout of Theodore Roosevelt. A senior with the Stags, Dave appears certain to gain a second consecutive berth on the All-Met team and seems a cinch to kick on scholarship at a major college.

And though Dave hasn't been called on to kick a game-winning field goal this season, he has provided his teammates with a rare thrill -- booming a kickoff through the uprights in a game against Cardozo two weeks ago.

"I didn't think it was that big a deal but I know it pumped the team up," Dave said. "The return guy was standing around the 10-yard line and I could hear our guys just laughing. I guess it was nice, but after that kick I still had four more that I had to make."

While the brothers share a talent, they go about their business in different ways. Dave is a serious, earnest sort, Dan is light and loose.

Saturday, after Maryland recovered a North Carolina State fumble and moved into position for its last-second field-goal attempt, the Terrapins took a timeout. Quickly grasping the importance of the moment, Dan offered some encouraging words to his huddled teammates.

"I told them that Mitch {Suplee} was going to make a bad snap but that I'd pick the ball up, run around the corner and dance into the end zone," he said. "I thought I was loosening things up. I expected a laugh or chuckle or something but I only got this nasty look from {tackle} Clarence Jones."

Said Jones: "I just told him that he could run if he wanted to, but he had better make it work -- if he didn't there were going to be problems with me. I guess he was only kidding. . . . He's a good guy so you can tolerate some things from him."

Maryland Coach Joe Krivak, who also coached Jess Atkinson and Dan Plocki, says Dan DeArmas is far flakier than his two relatively stable predecessors, though by no means has he tried to stifle DeArmas's playful nature.

"A flake? No way I could be put in that category," Dan said. "I don't wear two different shoes or socks, I don't carry a lucky rabbit's foot. I'm not weird, I don't believe in kickers' superstitions and all that stuff. I lift weights, I practice, I work at what I do."

Dan DeArmas began kicking at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami as a junior, when it became obvious to him that he was not going to be big enough to play major college football. Dave had played a lot of soccer, and when Dan began kicking, he also took up soccer. The family moved to the Washington area and Dan helped his parents pick a high school for Dave. DeMatha (3-0) is the top-ranked team in the area, and better yet, is just a few miles down Route 1 from College Park. Little brother often visits big brother on campus, and often attends Terrapins practices.

Dan already stands in sixth place in Maryland history in punts and punting yardage and seventh in punting average. He has made 16 of 24 field-goal tries with a career long of 47 yards. That alone probably would be enough to merit his teammates' respect, but he also holds a special place as the first kicker to be given a scholarship to the school.

When DeArmas arrived at Maryland, Plocki (who would go on to make 65 straight extra points) was a senior. Looking to the future, Krivak said he "knew we'd need stability at punter and there wasn't any and we recruited another kicker but he wasn't doing well.

"We didn't think it was wise to go into the season with a walk-on or conducting tryouts. . . . It's always a risk giving a kicker a scholarship though, because if he can't kick, then you're stuck."

Dave also may be in the Terrapins' scholarship plans. He recently wandered on to the practice field. There, amid Maryland coaches and a couple of pro scouts who also were paying a visit, he took off his watch and measured the hang time of his brother's kicks, smiling as he watched the high-arcing punts.

Dave says the brothers compete in everything, and it is obvious he is enthralled with Dan's considerable skill, to the point that questions about which DeArmas is better are generally met with an "are you kidding?" look.

"There hasn't been a day that's passed that I haven't been asked that, and I'm like, 'What are you talking about?' I don't even picture myself at his level," said Dave, who once kicked a 58-yard field goal in a summer camp.

"He's pretty much my hero. When we were younger we had our share of arguments and disagreements, but now he's really my best friend -- I can tell him anything and I'm not afraid he'll go back and tell my parents or anything.

"I talk to him every day, just to see how his practice went or tell him how mine went. Any time I feel like I'm getting caught up in things, I'll call him."

One of the topics discussed most often these days is Dave's future, although what Dan tells his brother and everyone else are two very different things. The last time Dave waved one of many recruiting letters in Dan's face, big brother calmly replied, "That's nice, but what did you do in practice today?"

"It kind of brought me right back down to earth," said Dave.

But when Dan talks about Dave, it is invariably in glowing terms, the proud big brother insisting that Dave is the "most highly recruited kicker in the country."

"I can talk like that about him but he can't," Dan said. "The first rule is that if you're good and you know it, you don't have to tell people -- everyone will know and they'll talk about you.

"People expect more when you run your mouth and no one likes a cocky person -- especially a kicker, a guy who doesn't get hit out on the field. That's a big fear of mine, getting called cocky. I'm the last person you'll catch talking trash."

Unless it's about his little brother.