University of Maryland football players shared their plans to honor late teammate Jordan McNair this upcoming season Monday morning in College Park.
This is the first media availability for players granted by the university since the 19-year-old's tragic June death following an offseason workout that left McNair hospitalized due to heatstroke.
Sophomore center Johnny Jordan and junior offensive lineman Ellis McKennie each outlined how the team will remember McNair, beginning with a moment of silence during the team’s opener Sept. 1 against Texas at FedEx Field.
Additionally, each player will rock helmet stickers with McNair's No. 79 uniform number which the team plans to retire in 2020. The offensive linemen room will also be renamed in honor of McNair.
On Friday the university's Board of Regents announced it is taking over the in-depth look at investigations surrounding the football program. Head coach DJ Durkin is currently on paid administrative leave and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigned August 14.
As speculation continues to grow, Maryland is expected to have a decision made within the next two weeks.
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Terps head coach Mike Lockley’s "DMV to UMD" movement keeps growing stronger: DeMatha Catholic High School safety Nick Cross decommitted from Florida State to sign with the Terps, the school announced on Tuesday.
Cross, a four-star recruit, clocked a 40 in 4.48 seconds.
He verbally committed to the Seminoles in September and had offers from 34 schools, including Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. He officially visited Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Penn State, and unofficially toured Georgia Tech.
Locksley was Cross’ main recruiter at Alabama when he officially visited in June back when Locksley was still the Tide’s offensive coordinator. He was a familiar face with an established relationship when Cross came to College Park, just a few miles down Route 1 from DeMatha.
247Sports ranked Cross the nation’s fourth best safety and No. 50 recruit overall.
The All-American is joining 10 DeMatha alumni returning to Locksley’s team. All were coached by DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks who just became Maryland’s running backs coach.
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A University of Maryland football player, who got sick during a team workout on Tuesday afternoon, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore as a precaution after he got sick during a team workout, as first reported by the Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus.
Raymond Boone, a defensive back from Greenbelt, Tweeted about his to his hospital departure on Wednesday:
“A student-athlete was transported to the hospital for precautionary measures during an afternoon workout on Tuesday, February 5th,” Jennings wrote in a statement first obtained by the Sun. “The student was accompanied to the hospital by our medical training staff and team physician, and was released the following day.”
This incident occurred 11 months after Jordan McNair died two weeks after suffering a heat stroke during a team conditioning test on May 29. Since this event, former head coach D.J. Durkin was fired in November, the day following his reinstatement after McNair’s death. Current head coach Michael Locksley was hired in December.
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