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Former All-Pro PR Brian Mitchell on Maryland's Will Likely


Former All-Pro PR Brian Mitchell on Maryland's Will Likely

Will Likely is undeniably Maryland’s most dangerous scoring threat and he does it as a returner on special teams. But with the team’s struggles offensively against Bowling Green, a worrisome trend again emerged.

Sometimes he tries to make too much happen and, as a result, something catastrophic occurs.

That happened against the Falcons, when Likely muffed a third-quarter punt and could not recover the ball, turning a crucial three-and-out stop by Maryland’s defense in a 20-13 game into a new BGSU drive beginning in Maryland territory.

On the play, Likely was off-balance and trying to catch the ball over his shoulder, which put him in a tough position to field it cleanly.

One of the greatest punt returners in NFL history, CSN’s Brian Mitchell, talked about the mistake on Tuesday’s edition of SportsTalk Live.


“That’s the wrong thing to do,” the former All-Pro said. “When you’re drifting with the ball and you’re trying to catch it over your shoulder, if it goes off the tip [of your finger] that’s a ball moving towards your end zone and giving the other team an opportunity to recover.

“You must be patient and square on the football,” he continued. “You watch a lot of guys catching it over the shoulder.

“My coach always, I got a minus if I did that. But if you square up, if the ball hits you in the chest, it may bounce up and give you a second chance instead of you putting it over your shoulder and then it goes away.”

Likely is explosive -- and he is the player who kept Maryland’s head above water in the first half with an 85-yard punt return touchdown against Bowling Green -- but Mitchell reiterated The Golden Rule of being a returner.

“He must be patient.”

Catch SportsTalk Live featuring Brian Mitchell, along with co-host Rob Carlin, every weeknight at 10 p.m. on CSN

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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.