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Maryland's Levern Jacobs watches as brother earns starting job

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Maryland's Levern Jacobs watches as brother earns starting job

COLLEGE PARK -- As part of a two-part plan to attack Maryland’s offensive woes, there is not just a change at the quarterback position, but also at wide receiver.

Both sophomore Taivon Jacobs and true freshman D.J. Moore have been elevated to starting roles in advance of Saturday’s game against South Florida.

The sophomore was not available to the media for comment on Tuesday but his brother, fellow Maryland wideout Levern Jacobs, was.

“I think that’s a great opportunity for him to step into that starting role and that’s a great chance for him to show what he can do,” he said.

“I think [wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley] have been doing a great job of rotating the receivers throughout the game to keep us fresh, so I mean even though he’s in the starting role, everybody’s still going to get a chance to play. That’s great for him.”

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The problem for Maryland through two games has not been a lack of talent at the wide receiver position. It has been mostly a matter of perfecting then depth chart, then getting the ball through the air and into the hands of those talented players, which junior Perry Hills was unable to do on a consistent basis.

With Caleb Rowe now in as the starter, along with the shuffling at wide receiver, the hope is that there is a spark on the offensive side of the ball.

If there’s something that the newly minted starter, the younger Jacobs, lacks, it’s not confidence.

“I feel great. My father has a saying: You look good, you feel good, you play good and that’s kind of what I live by,” he said at the team’s media day before the start of the season.

“I feel good. Hopefully I look good and … hopefully I do good.”

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.