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The man who makes Maryland puts on its 'big boy pants'

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The man who makes Maryland puts on its 'big boy pants'

COLLEGE PARK -- After running back De’Veon Smith injured his ankle last week in Michigan’s blowout loss to BYU, the Wolverine coaching staff has performed the expected song and dance about whether or not he will play on Saturday against Maryland.

Things appear to be positive for the running back, though, with offensive coordinator Tim Drevno saying he “really feel[s] good about” the prospect of him seeing game action, via the Detroit Free Press.

That means one thing for Maryland, as sophomore linebacker Jermaine Carter said this week.

“Going into the game, you know it’s going to be a physical game so you know know you’ve got to have your big boy pants on,” he said. “You’ve got to be ready to go.”

It is a mix of factors for Michigan. They’ve shown a commitment to running the football and the mix of wind and rain will likely make the passing game less than desirable on Saturday. That means pounding the football on the ground.

Smith himself had 125 yards on just 16 carries against BYU, including this run where he magically appeared out of a scrum, viciously stiff-armed a defender, and took it in for the score.

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The problem for Maryland is that it ranks 83rd in the country in yards allowed per rush this season, including the 6.7 per carry it surrendered to West Virginia’s Wendell Smallwood as he racked up 147 yards on the ground for the day.

Forcing turnovers in the adverse weather conditions may be their best option when it comes to giving the Maryland offense good field position against a stout Michigan defense.

“Get your helmet on the football. Even the slightest hit on the football. It’s just things like that,” Carter said. “If it’s raining, just got to get to the ball, fly around. If everybody is flying around, then hopefully we can cause some turnovers.”

Maryland-Michigan is set for an adjusted noon kickoff on Saturday in College Park.

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.

Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.

On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.

With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.

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