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The least talked-about NBA prospect on Maryland's roster

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The least talked-about NBA prospect on Maryland's roster

Maryland five-star freshman Diamond Stone has been the center of most talk about how quickly the Terrapins have upgraded their roster in one year's time. If not him, it has been about the addition of Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon.

But it's the player who will play alongside Stone in the frontcourt who is the team's least talked-about, possibly high-level NBA prospect -- Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter.

Transfer years have a tendency to make players fade into the background of a national conversation, which is only reasonable considering they're not on the court. But now eligible, Carter will be a difference maker.

"Robert Carter has been terrific from day one since we got him. He's just totally changed his body," head coach Mark Turgeon told ESPN's Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg this week.

Turgeon says that Carter dropped more than 20 pounds and cut his body fat percentage in half, from about 22 to 11. And that's on the frame of a guy who averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds the last time he was on the court at Georgia Tech.

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That was one of the biggest question marks for him while he was at Georgia Tech. Could he cut weight and play with more intensity? The first part seems to be answered. The second part does, too, if you listen to Jake Layman's praise of him throughout practice last season.

Layman credits Carter with making him tougher when the natural small forward was asked to play power forward for the Terrapins last season. Praise continues from Turgeon, too.

"He's a good player. He was a good player at Georgia Tech and we expect him to be a really good player for us," Turgeon said. "What he can do is he can really stretch the defense. We have a team full of good shooters and Robert's right up there with all of them as far as shooting the ball from three. He can flat-out shoot it."

That's what could push Carter into the conversation with Stone, Layman, and Trimble as possible first-round draft picks on this roster.

The most coveted player archetype in the NBA right now is the stretch-four. Teams are enamored with the idea of playing small. And now we're looking at a 6-8 forward with a 7-2 wingspan who is a double-double threat every night while being able to stretch the ball out to the perimeter? He checks all the boxes.

Who knows? Deep NCAA tournaments runs have a way of showcasing certain players and helping to make them a lot of money in the NBA Draft. Maryland has the team to do just that.

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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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