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Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter leaves Kings game with ankle injury

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Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter leaves Kings game with ankle injury

It didn't take long for Atlanta Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter to find his way into the young team's rotation. 

Head coach Lloyd Pierce said the plan for Thursday night was to play Huerter at least 20 minutes. 

But just one minute after entering the contest, Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield went hard for a loose ball putting Huerter in a vulnerable position. Watch here

At first glance, it looked gruesome. Luckily for Huerter he was able to walk to the locker room on his own power. 

The team announced the 20-year-old suffered a "right lateral ankle sprain" and will not return. 

This certainly isn't what Hawks and Maryland Terps fans want to see not even 10 games into his career, but it could have been worse. Much worse. 

Huerter is coming off a career-high 13-point performance against the Cavaliers Tuesday in just 15 minutes of work. 

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Reggie Bush thinks ex-Terp RB Anthony McFarland could be better than Le'Veon Bell

Reggie Bush thinks ex-Terp RB Anthony McFarland could be better than Le'Veon Bell

Former University of Maryland running back Anthony McFarland played just 23 games with the Terps, but what he put on tape during that short span was enough to convince one former star running back that he has the tools to be very successful in the NFL.

Reggie Bush, whose name is included in any shortlist for the best running back in college football history, was asked on Monday about the 2020 running back class during an appearance on Fox Football Now. Bush specifically praised McFarland, who the Pittsburgh Steelers used a fourth-round pick on in April's draft, and thinks the former Terp can be better than a recent Steelers star.

"I think he has the ability to be just as good as Le'Veon Bell, if not better," Bush said.

That's high praise for McFarland, considering Bell is one of the best running backs in Steelers history. During his six seasons with Pittsburgh, Bell made three Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro twice. Only three other Steelers -- Franco Harris, Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker -- have more rushing yards in franchise history.

One thing that stood out to Bush considerably when watching the former Terps star's film was McFarland's big-play ability.

"The kid can flat-out fly," Bush said. "He's explosive. He is a game-breaking type of player."

In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast prior to the draft, McFarland explained that he, too, feels like he's a home run threat every time he touches the ball.

"No matter where I'm at in the field, I always believe every play is the big play," he said. "And that's the thing about I feel like me playing running back because I feel like literally, every single play is a big play and it can happen anytime."

The best example of this is from McFarland's 2018 outing against Ohio State, without a doubt the best game of his collegiate career. McFarland finished with a career-high 298 rushing yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns, one an 81-yard scamper and the other from 75-yards out.

In Pittsburgh, McFarland is expected to be a complement to James Conner, who has been the team's starter since 2018. Bush believes that the run-style the Steelers use will certainly benefit the rookie in 2020.

"The Pittsburgh Steelers love to run the football. But it's the way they love to run the football, they use those tackles and tight ends and they pull," Bush said. "What that does is for running backs is, if they just get a crease...Anthony McFarland, if he just gets a crease, he's gone."

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Former Maryland football coach Roy Lester dies of coronavirus complications

Former Maryland football coach Roy Lester dies of coronavirus complications

Roy Lester, who coached at the University of Maryland from 1969 to 1971, died at the age of 96 on Sunday due to complications from the coronavirus, his family announced. 

Lester's two-year stint leading the Terrapins wasn't as fruitful as his run as a high school coach at Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County, Maryland.

During the 1960s, Lester helped lead Richard Montgomery to six undefeated seasons and an 86-10-1 record, according to The Washington Post. 

Following his dominant run, Lester took the job at Maryland, where he was first an assistant coach from 1954 to 1956. But his stay as the head coach was short-lived as a woeful 7-25 record led to his departure.

Still, Lester had successes during his tenure with the Terps. His most notable achievement was recruiting future NFL Hall of Famer Randy White to play for the Terps. White went on to star for the Dallas Cowboys after the team selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 1975 draft.

After Maryland relieved Lester of his duties, he returned to the high school ranks. Lester finished his career with stops at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland, and Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland. He led Paint Branch to a Class B state championship in 1975 and Magruder to state championships in 1984 and 1986. 

Lester was inducted into the Maryland Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996. Richard Mongomery named its field "Roy Lester Stadium" in 2002. And West Virginia University, Lester's alma mater, inducted him into its sports hall of fame in 2008.

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