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How former Maryland Terrapins did in Week 1 of the NFL preseason

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How former Maryland Terrapins did in Week 1 of the NFL preseason

There are almost two-dozen Terps in the NFL. Some are seasoned veterans and some are rookies, but they're Terps all the same.

From College Park to Houston to Green Bay to Minnesota to Washington, the NFL is littered with former Maryland standouts.

Here's how each former Terp did in the 2019 preseason opener:

Jesse Aniebonam, Texans (Maryland 2014-18) — Aniebonam made one tackle against the Packers in his Texans debut.

Jermaine Carter, Jr., Panthers (Maryland 2014-17) — Carter served as a game captain against the Bears. He played but did not register on the stat sheet.

Byron Cowart, Patriots (Maryland 2018) — The former No. 1 overall recruit and Auburn Tiger-turned-Terp notched a tackle and half a sack in his Patriots debut. Cowart, a fifth-round pick, had battled a couple of minor injuries in camp, but still performed well in game action.

Vernon Davis, Redskins (Maryland 2003-05) — Did not play in Week 1. 

Sean Davis, Steelers (Maryland 2012-15) — Did not play in Week 1.

Stefon Diggs, Vikings (Maryland 2012-14) — Did not play in Week 1. 

Michael Dunn, Dolphins (Maryland 2014-16) — Dunn played against the Falcons but didn't make any waves, which is actually a good thing for an offensive lineman.

Trey Edmunds, Steelers (Maryland 2016) — Edmunds carried the ball five times for 19 yards against the Buccanneers. He was also targeted once in the passing game.

Derwin Gray, Steelers (Maryland 2015-18) — Gray played six snaps at tackle against the Buccanneers.

AJ Hendy, Texans (Maryland 2011-15) — Hendy tallied two tackles against the Packers. 

JC Jackson, Patriots (Maryland 2016-17) — Jackson had a pass breakup against the Lions but did not register a tackle. It feels similar to his stat lines at Maryland.

Ty Johnson, Lions (Maryland 2015-18) — Johnson led the Lions with 22 yards rushing against the Patriots. His 7.3 yards per carry mimicked his typical output in College Park.

Darius Kilgo, Lions (Maryland 2011-14) — A two-time Super Bowl champion, Kilgo knocked down one pass at the line of scrimmage against the Patriots.

DJ Moore, Panthers (Maryland 2015-17) — Moore did not play in Week 1.

Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars (Maryland 2013-15) — Did not play in Week 1.

Damian Prince, Steelers (Maryland 2015-18) — Prince played six snaps at tackle against the Buccanneers.

Darnell Savage, Packers (Maryland 2015-18) — Savage is still recovering from having his wisdom teeth removed and did not play 

Torrey Smith, Panthers (Maryland 2008-10) — Smith did not play in Week 1.

Cavon Walker, Chiefs (Maryland 2013-17) — The Chiefs play Saturday night against the Bengals.

Tre Watson, Dolphins (Maryland 2018) — A former All-Big Ten selection, Watson notched two solo and two assisted tackles against the Falcons.

Josh Woods, Bears (Maryland 2014-17) — Woods had a standout performance against the Panthers. The safety-turned linebacker forced a fumble and made five solo tackles for the Bears. His bid to make the team last year was hampered by a broken finger, and he still has an uphill battle this season, but this was a big step.

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The Terps turned Hawks are hyped for these College Park G-League team uniforms

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The Terps turned Hawks are hyped for these College Park G-League team uniforms

The Atlanta Hawks' G-League affiliate unveiled their new uniforms for next season, and Maryland Terrapins everywhere have just found their new favorite developmental team. 

The College Park Skyhawks, who are entering their inaugural season, came out with uniforms that have Maryland alumni salivating. The Hawks have three former Terps on their roster, Alex Len, Kevin Huerter and 2019 NBA second round pick Bruno Fernando. Huerter took to Twitter to show his approval. 

The classic red, black and gold colors illuminate the Skyhawks' new threads resemble both Maryland and Atlanta's uniforms from years past. The Hawks announced they would move operations to College Park, GA from Erie, PA in February.

Len has been a serviceable backup center during his six-year NBA career. He averaged 11.1 points per game and started 31 games in his first year as a Hawk after five seasons with the Phoenix Suns. Huerter had himself a terrific rookie season, garnering Second Team All-Rookie honors. The 6-foot-7 shooting guard averaged 9.7 starts in 59 starts. 

The anticipation will be high from Hawks fans and Terps alike to see all three players out on the court at the same time come next year. Fernando, the 6-foot-10 Angola native, will provide athleticism and highlight reel dunks from the power forward position. 

With Len and Huerter joining the Hawks last season before drafting Fernando, the city of College Park took only a couple years to infiltrate Atlanta's ranks. Given Maryland has been ranked high in college basketball preseason polls, it will be interesting to see if the College Park to Atlanta pipeline continues. Whatever happens, the Skyhawks jereseys are awesome. 

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AP Top 25: Terps bounced from rankings following Temple loss, Cavaliers move up the charts

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AP Top 25: Terps bounced from rankings following Temple loss, Cavaliers move up the charts

California and Arizona State moved into the AP Top 25 college football poll to give the Pac-12 six ranked teams, the most for the conference in almost four years.

A weekend filled with blowouts left the top half of the AP media poll presented by Regions Bank mostly unchanged.

Clemson remains No. 1, with 57 of the 62 first-place votes, as the top nine held their spots Sunday. Alabama was No. 2, receiving five first-place votes, followed by Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Auburn and Florida.

The ninth-ranked Gators were the only top-10 team to play a competitive game. The others won by a combined 428-97.

Utah, the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, moved up to No. 10. The last time the Pac-12 had six ranked teams was Nov. 8, 2015.

POLL POINTS

The Pac-12 took a fair amount of grief the first week of the season after it suffered a few upsets to Mountain West teams and Oregon let a potentially big victory slip away against Auburn.

Now the conference has had a mini-resurgence, despite issues with some of its typically strong teams.

Stanford started the season ranked, but is 1-2 after getting dominated by UCF on Saturday. Southern California had a brief stay at the bottom of the rankings last week, falling out after losing in overtime at BYU on Saturday.

Overall, the results were OK this past weekend for the Pac-12. The conference went 8-4 in nonconference play, including Arizona State's victory at Michigan State and Arizona beating Texas Tech. Though Colorado's loss to Air Force put the Pac-12 at 4-4 against the Mountain West this season.

Utah is in the top 10 for the first time since November 2015.

IN

No. 25 TCU also joined the rankings this week for the first time this season. The Horned Frogs beat Purdue 34-13 in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Saturday.

OUT

--Michigan State fell from the rankings after its 10-7 loss to Arizona State. The Spartans were swept in a home-and-home by the Sun Devils the last two seasons by a combined 26-20.

--Maryland is out after one week. The Terrapins went from scoring 63 in a victory against Syracuse to losing 20-17 to Temple.

--The next three games for USC are against Utah at home, at No. 22 Washington and at No. 7 Notre Dame.

CONFERENCE CALL

For a second straight week, the Southeastern Conference has three top-five teams and half of the top 10.

SEC -- 6 (Nos. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 17).

Pac-12 -- 6 (Nos. 10, 16, 19, 22, 23, 24)

Big Ten -- 5 (Nos. 6, 11, 13, 13 (tie), 18).

Big 12 -- 3 (Nos. 5, 12, 25).

ACC -- 2 (Nos. 1, 21).

American -- 1 (No. 15).

Mountain West -- 1 (No. 20).

Independent -- 1 (No. 7).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia. Return match from Georgia's 20-19 victory in South Bend, Indiana, two years ago.

No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin. Fox's first Big Noon game which is both big and starting at noon.

No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M. The whittling starts in the SEC West.

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