The Big Ten's best return man — and one of the conference's top defensive backs — is sticking around for another year.
Maryland announced Friday that Will Likely will return to College Park for his senior season as a Terp.
Likely's decision is huge for first-year Maryland coach D.J. Durkin, who gets to factor his team's best player into his game plan for next season.
“I’m excited to announce that I will be returning to Maryland for my senior season,” Likely said in the announcement. “First and foremost, I’m looking forward to earning my degree. Secondly, I want to finish off what I started with my teammates. We believe in the direction of this program and know that the future is bright.”
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Likely was named the Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year, as well as earning All-Big Ten First Team honors as both a defensive back and a return specialist.
Likely ranked fourth in the conference with 1,307 all-purpose yards, racking up 789 kick-return yards, 408 punt-return yards, 93 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards. He led the league in punt-return average and had a pair of punt-return touchdowns. He was fifth in kick-return average and scored one kick-return touchdown.
He broke a 76-year-old Big Ten record in the first game of the season with 233 punt-return yards against Richmond.
Additionally, he was tied for eighth in the Big Ten with 11 passes defended. He finished his junior season with 44 tackles, including four for loss, and three forced fumbles.