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Another week, another NFL-caliber QB faces Maryland


Another week, another NFL-caliber QB faces Maryland

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland has faced quarterbacks with legitimate pro aspirations before. Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, on his way to tearing apart defenses all season, helped the Falcons upset Maryland in Week 2. Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg used the deep ball to eek out a one-point Nittany Lion win in Baltimore.

But now there is Michigan State's Connor Cook, projected by many to be at least one of the Top 3 quarterbacks in the upcoming crop of talent that can enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

In 2015, Cook has thrown for 2,405 yards and 21 touchdowns with just three interceptions.

“He does things so effortlessly,” Maryland defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski said on Wednesday.

“He doesn’t even look like he’s throwing the ball that hard and all of the sudden it comes firing out of there. I think he’s an outstanding quarterback. He has surprising mobility. Sometimes a big guy like that you don’t think can run around, but he gets out of a lot of trouble. He’s tough to get down and he’s able to make a lot of plays with his arm.”


Cook has thrown for at least 325 yards in each of the past four games, all in Big Ten play and three times on the road. That included a 398-yard day against Indiana and a 335-yard, four-touchdown performance in the team’s first loss of the year last week against Nebraska.

“Obviously Connor Cook is probably the best of [the quarterbacks Maryland has faced],” linebacker Jermaine Carter said. “He’s going to be a first-round draft pick probably coming up … and it shows on film.

“We’re going to have to put pressure on him, make him get the ball out, try to force him to make mistakes.”

So the key again for Maryland is its pass rush. Junior Yannick Ngakoue is closing in on the school’s sack record and he will be part of the equation for limiting Cook’s effectiveness.

Kickoff is at noon in East Lansing.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun

Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball


Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.