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5-star Diamond Stone lives up to nickname in Maryland exhibition win

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5-star Diamond Stone lives up to nickname in Maryland exhibition win

COLLEGE PARK -- He goes by the nickname M&M -- meaning “Many Moves” -- originally given to him by his father and since carried on to the early days of his college career at Maryland.

Five-star freshman center Diamond Stone was every bit “Many Moves” in Maryland’s 91-55 exhibition victory over Southern New Hampshire on Friday night in College Park, tallying 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and adding five rebounds.

He scored on Maryland’s first offensive possession on a one-on-one move in the post, something that we saw maybe a handful of times the entirety of last season for the Terrapins on a team with limited post options.

He followed that up with a spin on the baseline to the open rim later in the game, not to mention his awareness to pass out of the post to open shooters when double-teamed.

“I think Diamond showed that he’s pretty special down there [in the post],” head coach Mark Turgeon said after the game. “Now, he wasn’t going against 6-10 guys and all that but still to catch it and finish and do the things he did, he made it look easy.”

The migration of that nickname, which junior Robert Carter says is spelled like the candy, from Stone’s father to Maryland came one day in practice during some friendly jawing back and forth between Stone and the Georgia Tech transfer.

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The two were going at it and Stone must have made a particularly nice play, proclaiming himself to be the moniker. Carter was confused by the abbreviation until Stone elaborated on what it meant. After a fine play of his own Carter would jab back, saying he ought to have that nickname instead.

“I call him ‘M&M’ when he’s playing good,” Carter said of Stone. “So when he made the first shots, I said, ‘M&M!’”

“I shouldn’t have called him because then he got like three fouls,” he joked.

Because of those fouls, Stone played just five minutes in the first half, but he scored six points within that short time. He would emerge in the second to finish with that breakout stat line.

Turgeon has praised Stone over the past few weeks for the way that he has taken a significant next step in his development. There was something of a question whether he would start the season opener or if the more defensive-minded Damonte Dodd would do so.

But Friday night’s lineup and Turgeon’s postgame comments seem to give an indication which way he is leaning.

“Starting means a lot to [Stone],” Turgeon said. “The person he started for [Dodd], it doesn’t mean as much to him. He knows he’s going to play, so that’s why I started him.

“I just feel like, eventually he’s going to be our starting center so why not do it now and go with him?”

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 


This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties. 

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