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Edsall, Richmond's coach, and the connection to Tom Coughlin

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Edsall, Richmond's coach, and the connection to Tom Coughlin

COLLEGE PARK -- Back before the Super Bowl victories and before the stint with a newly formed NFL franchise, head coach Tom Coughlin brought two up-and-coming coaches onto his Boston College staff for the 1991 season.

One in the secondary? Randy Edsall. One on the defensive line? Danny Rocco.

Things will come full circle when those two from the Coughlin coaching tree will face off as head coaches on Saturday in College Park when Maryland opens its season against Richmond at Byrd Stadium.

"There's things that Tom did that Danny has taken with him. You'd have to ask him that question, but I think Tom influenced him," Edsall said Tuesday. "I know [former Virginia head coach] Al Groh had a big influence on Danny in his career. He's worked with him a few times. 

"Danny's a really good football coach. He's a really good guy, great family and, again, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and we worked on the same side of the ball at BC."

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Edsall and Rocco's tenure together at Boston College wouldn't be long. Coughlin and his staff would only stay at Boston College for three seasons until 1993, but would lead the Eagles to two bowl games in that time.

Coughlin's NFL career would begin after that when he was hired as the first head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars for their inaugural 1995 season.

Edsall would follow him to Jacksonville, while Rocco had taken a job as the outside linebackers coach at Texas the year prior in 1994.

Rocco would go on to make stops at Maryland and Virginia, plus the New York Jets, before taking over at Liberty in 2006. He won four conference titles in six years at Liberty and has posted a 23-14 overall record in three seasons at Richmond.

"He's done a good job at Liberty. He's doing a good job at Richmond and I have the utmost respect for him," Edsall said.

"I see him at different functions and things along those lines. We don't talk to each other once a week or anything like that. I just see him at certain functions.

"Danny Rocco is a good football coach and a really good person." 

Maryland kicks off against Richmond at noon on Saturday. 

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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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