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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's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.