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Injury up front pushes former 5-star into spotlight

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Injury up front pushes former 5-star into spotlight

With a season-ending labrum injury to starting offensive lineman Mike Minter, redshirt freshman and former five-star recruit Damian Prince will start his first career game Saturday against West Virginia when he lines up at right tackle on a shuffled Maryland offensive line.

Prince had been listed as a starter on the line before the season, but he was “nicked up” by injury toward the end of training camp and had to work his way back into the rotation.

Prince is viewed as a foundational building block for a program that struggled mightily along the offensive line last season when trying to match up with the size and brawn of teams in the Big Ten.

The 6-3, 328-pound Prince should help that cause.

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In his time at Maryland, including during his redshirt season last year, Prince has adapted to the college game. He has lost weight and added muscle, as well as done work to allow himself to feel more comfortable with the speed of the college game.

“I went from redshirting and not traveling, not having any experience to jumping out there and just being out there with the ones, being with the starting unit,” Prince told CSN during training camp.

“I just feel like that even still I’m still definitely adapting to the speed of the game, learning my strengths and weaknesses and just learning things that I have to do better to put the team in better situations.

“Everything moving 100,000 times faster,” he said. “It almost has to be like a natural, I want to say almost instinctively you have to know what to do.”

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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