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Maryland senior saves best performance of career for Senior Day

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Maryland senior saves best performance of career for Senior Day

COLLEGE PARK -- Leading by 18 points before watching that lead evaporate in a loss to Indiana, it was a difficult day for Maryland against the Hoosiers in College Park.

But on the program’s Senior Day, it was a senior who posted a career high to provide at least one bright spot for the Terrapins.

Running back Brandon Ross had a career-best 250 yards rushing on just 19 carries to go along with three touchdowns. His 250 yards were the most by a Maryland running back since Bruce Perry had 237 against Wake Forest in 2003.

“I just saw huge holes. That’s it,” Ross said after the game. “I’ve got to give all the credit to the line, of course. They were opening them up all game and the wideouts, as well. I was just following their blocks.”

It was clear that Ross was the biggest part of the offensive game plan from the outset. With one-time starter Wes Brown suspended indefinitely and backup Ty Johnson a game-time decision with a knee injury, it was all on Ross and he responded.

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The first time he touched the football, he broke it to the outside and took it 79 yards for the score to make it 7-3 Maryland.

“I felt like it was huge momentum for me,” Ross said. “It’s kind of different in the beginning of the game when you first run and it’s a negative yardage play or something like that because I feel like it’s all about momentum and a rhythm. When I got that first run like that, it really like kick-started the day.”

That was one of two runs by Ross of 75 yards or more on the day on his way to that 250-yard mark. Coming into the game, he had 540 yards on the ground in the 10 previous games combined.

With Caleb Rowe’s status uncertain for next week’s game vs. Rutgers, he may be asked to do the same for Maryland against the Scarlet Knights.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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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