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On his birthday, Diamond Stone's Top 5 moments at Maryland

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On his birthday, Diamond Stone's Top 5 moments at Maryland

Five-star Maryland freshman Diamond Stone celebrates his birthday Wednesday, Feb. 10. To mark the occasion, why don’t we look back?

Here are the Top 5 moments of Stone’s very young career so far at Maryland.

5) Notching a win vs. UConn

Connecticut was a team that heavily recruited Stone out of high school. This was a featured game on national television at Madison Square Garden. Maryland wanted to add to its non-conference resume and Stone came through.

Though he shot 6-of-16 from the floor, he was just shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds.

4) Change of pace vs. St. Francis

For the first time, Mark Turgeon brought Stone off the bench. In this new role as a sixth man, his development as a player took off. Gone were the frustrations of early foul trouble and in were new, better matchups as he entered the game.

Also, he was more fresh (and foul-free) in late games when it mattered. Against St. Francis, he scored 16 points in 19 minutes on the floor.

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3) In amongst the trees vs. Purdue

When Purdue came to College Park, Maryland had just one (arguably two) RPI Top 50 victories to its name. The Terrapins needed a win, facing a team with size unlike almost any other contender in the country and a pair of seven-footers, A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas.

Turgeon called it his best defensive effort of the year and he is correct. Stone wasn’t going to shut the two down, but he made their lives difficult without fouling. By one point in the first half, he had held the duo to 4-of-11 shooting from the floor and committed just one foul.

On the other end of the floor, his versatility in the pick-and-roll gave the Boilermakers problems all night. He finished with 12 points and six rebounds in a crucial Maryland win.

2) The next step defensively vs. Nebraska

Stone has come a long way defensively in his time at Maryland, from being sometimes the weakest link on the floor to now being part of a team that is hitting its stride and becoming elite on that end of the floor. Nebraska might have been the official turning point.

In a close defensive battle all game, Stone blocked eight shots to go along with 16 points and 10 rebounds, narrowly missing a triple-double in a big road victory.

1) Record-setting night vs. Penn State

How could it be anything else? Not only did Stone break a Maryland freshman scoring record that was older than he is, but his 39 points -- and the second-half effort it took to get there -- helped the Terrapins come from behind to beat Penn State. He added 12 rebounds.

As he exited the court, the crowd chanted his name.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 


This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties. 

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