After setting the school’s single-season sack record, Maryland junior Yannick Ngakoue has declared for the NFL Draft, he announced via Twitter on Monday evening.
CSN confirmed his plans. The program subsequently released a statement confirming it, as well.
Ngakoue broke out in 2014 with his record-setting 13.5 sacks. He transformed himself into an elite pass rusher once he was shifted to a defensive end in Maryland’s newly introduced 4-3 defense.
He was one of the lone bright spots on a 3-9 team this season.
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“I know that pursuing this opportunity would not even be possible without all of your help and support,” Ngakoue wrote in a statement on Twitter.
“From Coach Edsall to Coach Locksley and our entire staff, to my teammates, and finally to each one of you unbelievable fans that back us each and every day, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my head for supporting me during my time at Maryland.”
“We are thrilled for Yannick and his family that he has made this decision to pursue his lifelong dream of playing in the NFL,” said interim head coach Mike Locksley.
“After speaking with Yannick and his family, he feels that he is prepared to take this step in his football career and we support his decision. We wish him well and look forward to seeing him compete at the highest level.”
Ngakoue was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, according to Rivals.com, as was rated the No. 88 player in the country from the class of 2013.
Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.
Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.
Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.
With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders. The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.
Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off. Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them. He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).
No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.
Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.
After today though, it may be hard to say no.
D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!
Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.
But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!
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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.
He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.
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