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'Tackle him' -- If only it were that easy vs. Ezekiel Elliott

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'Tackle him' -- If only it were that easy vs. Ezekiel Elliott

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland has faced quality running backs through the first five weeks of the season, but none will be on the level of the player who will stare them down on Saturday in Columbus.

Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott has reached the 100-yard mark in 10 straight games, including all five games this season. In four of those 10 games, he has gone over 200 yards, including a 274-yard performance against Indiana last week.

Defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski was asked how you handle a player of Elliott’s caliber and he had but a simple, wry answer.

“Tackle him.”

See, that’s been the problem. A physical, 225-pound back, Elliott can fight through initial contact and still make a big play. Against Indiana, he had touchdown runs of 55 yards, 65 yards, and 75 yards.

“Ezekiel Elliott is really good,” head coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday. “You’ve got to tackle him. He’s fast and, again, it gets down to I think our guys saw in the game Saturday that when we go out and play hard and we execute and we get 11 guys running to the football, we can be good and that’s the thing that we’ve been coaching them to do.”

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But the problem may be personnel for Maryland. The Terrapins are ranked 88th in the country in yards per rush attempt allowed with 4.7. And that, for the most part, has been with a unit unaffected by in-season injury.

Now the injuries are mounting. Graduate transfer Jefferson Ashiru is out for the season with an ankle injury. Freshman Brett Zanotto will miss at least Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, as well. Defensive lineman David Shaw is lost for the year after undergoing surgery to repair an elbow injury.

So, in response, there is shuffling in the linebacking corps and up front. Denzel Conyers, who was recruited as a defensive back, is now a backup linebacker. Jalen Brooks has moved around, as has Avery Thompson.

But Dudzinski remains confident.

“We’re just going to continue to work with what we’ve got, try to get them better and get ready for a big game this weekend.”

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.

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Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.

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Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.