Impulsively, he fired the ball at the sign commemorating the Terrapins' 2008 Humanitarian Bowl trip on the façade of Maryland's team house, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a gentle lecture from coach Ralph Friedgen.
A couple hours later, when Logan's touchdown was in retrospect the crucial moment in Maryland's 21-16 victory, the Terps' veteran coach made an admission.
"To be honest with you," Friedgen said, "I wouldn't have cared if he knocked the building down."
Such is the impact Logan is making as a junior for a program that entered the year seeking any jolt it could find. That Humanitarian Bowl invitation was a disappointment two seasons ago for an experienced team, but a 2-10 record a year ago readjusted attitudes at Maryland.
The Terps (4-1, 1-0 ACC) have already doubled their victory total from a season ago, with bowl eligibility the next stop in the turnaround. Maryland can take a step closer to the six-win plateau when it visits reeling Clemson (2-3, 0-2) on Saturday.
If the Terps can swipe their first true road victory since their last trip to Clemson in 2008, Logan will probably be in the middle of it.
Logan leads the nation with a 27.7-yard average per return. Four of the returns covered at least 50 yards -- longer than any return Maryland managed in the six previous seasons (see the chart at the end of this article for more).
And then there's the most crucial element of all: He scored in back-to-back weeks entering Maryland's bye week after the Terps went 76 games without a punt return for a touchdown.
"If you asked me a month ago if I'd be at where I am right now, I'd have probably laughed at you and said there's no way I return two punts for a touchdown and leading the nation and all that," Logan said.
And yet he is. With 415 yards, he's already third on Maryland's single-season punt return yardage list. At the top is Steve Suter, who had 771 yards as the Terps went 11-3 in 2002.
Both the electrifying plays and the team success of Suter's finest season appeal to Logan, who spoke with Friedgen after spring practice about his role on the roster. Logan is also a wide receiver, but was used sparingly on offense his first two seasons.
The coach's lofty edict: Be the best punt returner in the country and be sure to average 10 yards a return in the process.
Friedgen's demands were met in the first five games. And along the way, Logan also impressed Suter, who attended a recent game.
"He said he really liked what I was doing," Logan said. "I told him I wanted to be up on the wall (of team record-holders) next to him. He said: 'If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll have a chance.'"
There was a brief hint last season of Logan's abilities. He returned a punt 43 yards against Clemson and was brought down just shy of the goal line, a play that boosted the Terps to a 24-21 victory and their only conference win.
His opportunities were limited, in part because of an early-season shoulder injury and Maryland's frequent games on rainy days. There was even a crucial fumble late in a loss at Duke -- which made his return against the Blue Devils two weeks ago particularly sweet -- but that miscue hardly dimmed his teammates' belief in him.
"For some reason, he didn't really get any more chances after that (Clemson game)," nose tackle A.J. Francis said. "He dropped the one punt last year at Duke, but then again that was in a damn hurricane. I can't really blame him because I can't catch a dry football. He's definitely showed this year that if he's not the best, somebody is going to have to show me who is the best punt returner in the country."
Logan is helped by a posse of fellow wideouts, who play a larger-than-usual role on the Terps' special teams. Kerry Boykins and Quintin McCree consistently keep opposing gunners away from Logan, who can make a defender miss if given just a little bit of time.
It helps Logan possesses an element of fearlessness and he's, in turn, willing to catch a ball in traffic and see what happens. So far, it's hard to quibble with the results.
"At first, I found it surprising," Boykins said. "He's not scared of anything. He'll catch a punt no matter where a defender is. I feel like he has a trust in me and Quintin and [receivers Kevin] Dorsey and LaQuan [Williams], that we're going to hold up our guys and give him time."
Logan isn't surprised at his ability to make people miss, but even he's impressed at the frequency of long returns. Perhaps even more shocking is the willingness of opponents to continue punting to him, something he acknowledged with some amusement after he had three more returns after an 85-yard return against Florida International.
At some point, teams will try to avoid Logan. He intends to continue to provide incentive for opposing punters to do just that, even if he's far from finished in tracking down Suter and helping Maryland continue to move past its nightmarish 2009.
"My coach tells me every week they're not going to kick it to me, but I don't allow that to stop me," Logan said. "I just get angry. All week, I'm just catching the ball like I know I'm going to get at least one opportunity."
Once, it seems, is enough for Logan to create mayhem. Stadium signs throughout the ACC, consider that your warning.
Maryland had four punt returns of at least 30 yards between 2004 and 2009, and the unit accounted for no touchdowns in that span. Terrapins junior Tony Logan already has five returns of 30+ yards and two touchdowns this season. Maryland's longest punt returns since the start of the 2004 season:
|Tony Logan||Florida International||2010||85 (TD)|
|Tony Logan||Duke||2010||84 (TD)|
|Tony Logan||Morgan State||2010||68|
|Danny Oquendo||Florida State||2006||45|
|Tony Logan||Morgan State||2010||37|
|Danny Oquendo||Florida International||2006||37|
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