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Maryland's biggest flaw vs. Richmond won't fly in Big Ten

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Maryland's biggest flaw vs. Richmond won't fly in Big Ten

COLLEGE PARK -- Punt returner Will Likely would set Maryland up with good field position. Brandon Ross and Wes Brown were carrying the football and running with little resistance. But something would happen once the Terrapins got inside the 20-yard line against Richmond on Saturday.

Everything stalled.

Of Maryland's first five drives, four reached the red zone. But from those five drives came three field goals, one touchdown, and an interception on a deep ball intended for wide receiver Levern Jacobs that was picked off near the goal line. The Terrapins held a narrow 16-14 lead by that point in the second quarter.

"I think some of it is we missed some throws down there," head coach Randy Edsall said postgame. "I don't think our execution was as good as what we needed it to be and then what has to happen is when we do have things available to us, we got to make the correct reads.

"It's a combination of everybody. It's not just one guy."

With the field position that Likely gave Maryland, red zone execution could have made it a two-touchdown game in Maryland's favor by that point in second quarter instead of a two-point game.

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As offensive coordinator Mike Locksley pointed out, it's all about percentages. Likely will set them up at a place on the field that, statistically speaking, gives them a higher chance of scoring points. But they still need to execute.

"We had opportunities and we just got to get some things cleaned up, which we will," he said. "From game one to game two, we hope to see the improvement that you usually get going from game one to the second game."

Edsall maintained that the fault does not fall on one player, but the spotlight naturally focuses on the quarterback, in this case Perry Hills.

During the team's first drive down in the red zone, Hills had a ball dropped by wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo on the far sideline, then he underthrew fullback Kenny Goins in the end zone and overthrew wide receiver Malcolm Culmer shortly thereafter.

That was the first of the stalled drives on Saturday.

"We moved the ball up and down the field on them. It's just going to come down to executing in the red zone, running the ball, throwing the ball," Hills said. "We just have to be efficient."

Maryland kicks off against spread-heavy Bowling Green at noon on Saturday in College Park.

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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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