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First Half QB Report: Rowe turnovers continue vs. Michigan

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First Half QB Report: Rowe turnovers continue vs. Michigan

Maryland senior quarterback Caleb Rowe made his third start of the season Saturday against Michigan, looking to bounce back from his four-interception game against West Virginia.

Here are three takeaways from the first half:

Stats: 8-of-24 passing, 47 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT

Halftime Score: Michigan 6, Maryland 0

1) Starting off with gloves (and slants)

With the weather wet and wind blowing at times, Rowe came out Saturday wearing gloves -- something unusual for the senior.

In what was also probably an effort to combat the weather, Maryland’s game plan early included slants and screens to work underneath routes against a Michigan defense that is ranked No. 6 nationally against the pass.

It worked for some time. Then came the turnovers.

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2) Interceptions, interceptions

Maryland can not afford interceptions against Michigan. Its defense did its job in recovering two first-quarter fumbles. But Rowe threw two interceptions in those same 15 minutes.

His first was an out route to the far sideline that was intended for D.J. Moore. It was unclear whether Rowe did not see the defender or if he was trying to thread the needle anyway, but the pass was picked off by Jeremy Clark.

The second interception was on a play that would be considered a safe play. Rowe was looking for running back Brandon Ross on a screen. It hung up in the air long enough for Michigan’s Desmond Morgan to break off his block and pick it off.

3) The interception problem

Rowe’s two interceptions now push his total to 11 so far on the year. That is nearly double the next-worst quarterback in the FBS, with multiple players tied at six each.

This is coming in a much smaller sample size, too, because Rowe did not start the first three games of the season.

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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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