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National Signing Day 2017: All-Name Team

National Signing Day 2017: All-Name Team

National Signing Day, college football's marquee offseason date took place on Wednesday, with some of the top high school recruits in the country determining which program they will play college football for.

National Signing Day is a circus, of sorts, with coaches shucking and jiving to get recruits to flip at the last moment, and high schoolers going out of their way to garner attention like they've never seen before.

But one of the best aspects of National Signing Day is rather simple: The names.

There are over 110 FBS-level football teams and over 50 players per team, which means a lot of player names. With every passing eyar, we get a new batch of ridiculously named recruits.

Here is what we got for 2017.

Before we get to the FBS-level, we have to point out three names from the FCS ranks.

Kobe Buffalomeat, OL - Illinois State: KOBE BUFFALOMEAT. There are great names, and then there is this. Families don't have much say in a last name, and when you're given "Buffalomeat" as a last name, you roll with it. Naming your son Kobe is the definition of rolling with it.

Ye'Majesty Sanders, OL - Jacksonville State: Add this to the list of all-time greats like Captain Munnerlyn, Admiral Schofield, and SirValiant Brown. This is a football player that is always greeted with respect.

Octavius Pringle, DT - Coastal Carolina: He's got a first name of a Bond movie villain and a last name of a potato chip brand. This is good parenting.

 

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And with that, meet the National Signing Day 2017 All-Name Team.

Briggs Bourgeois, K - Southern Mississippi

Trevor Brohard, LB - New Mexico State: Brohard or brohome. That's what I always say.

Jaeger Bull, TE - Rice: How is he not a fullback? This is the most fullback name of all time. 

LaTrell Bumphus, DE - Tennessee

K'Lavon Chaisson, DE - LSU

DeeJay Dallas, CB - Miami: The last thing Miami needs in another DJ.

Fa'avae Fa'avae, LB - Washington State: A Fa'name so nice, they Fa'named him twice.

WyDale Flott & Bubba Fludd, CBs - Southern Mississippi: The next generation of Conference USA shutdown corners OR rogue squadron Leaders in the next Star Wars movie.

Hezekiah Grimsley, WR - Virginia Tech

Addison Gumbs, DE - Oklahoma

Griffin Hammer, TE - Colorado State

Kendarian Handy-Holly, DB - Minnesota

Mac Hippenhammer, WR - Penn State

My-King Johnson, DE - Arizona: Not to be confused with Your-King Jackson.

Cutter Leftwich, OL - UTEP

Deommodore Lenoir, CB - Oregon - It's not a real first name and it rhymes. +1 for creativity.

Rocky Lombardi, QB - Michigan State: Deceptive speed. Son of coach. Full of intangibles.  Gymrat. 

Dazz Newsome, CB - North Carolina

Kalil Pimpleton, WR - Virginia Tech

Charleston Rambo, WR - Oklahoma

Rutger Reitmaier, DT - Oregon: At least he doesn't go to Rutgers. So there's that.

Savon Scarver, WR - Utah State

Osiris St. Brown, WR - Stanford: Chose the Cardinal over playing under the shadow of brother Equinameous at Notre Dame. No, I didn't just make that up.

Ameer Speed, CB - Georgia: Thank goodness he's a cornerback. You can't be an an offensive lineman if your last name is Speed.

John Stamos, LB - Navy: Future Admiral First Class Uncle Jesse

Lyndarious Strange, DB - Louisville

Cordavien Suggs, OL - Mississippi State

Luiji Vilain, DE - Michigan: If his name isn't pronounced "Luigi Villain," we've all lost. 

D'Najee Whosendove, ATH - TBD: When your last name is WHOSENDOVE, it doesn't matter what your first name. 

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Hot start propels No. 17 Terps over Purdue

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Hot start propels No. 17 Terps over Purdue

Jalen Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Donta Scott scored 13 and No. 17 Maryland held off Purdue 57-50 on Saturday to remain unbeaten at home.

The Terrapins (14-4, 4-3 Big Ten) scored the game's first nine points, led by 16 at halftime and managed to stay in front after Purdue closed to 52-47 with 6 minutes left.

Aaron Wiggins scored 12 points and Anthony Cowan had seven assists for Maryland, now 11-0 at home. The Terps were coming off two straight losses on the road, where they're 0-4.

Nojel Eastern scored 14 points for the Boilermakers (10-8, 3-4). Looking for an encore to its 71-42 rout of Big Ten leader Michigan State last Sunday, Purdue instead fell to 1-5 on the road -- its lone win at Ohio last month.

The Boilermakers trailed by 18 in the first half but outplayed the Terrapins over the final 20 minutes. The deficit was 10 points before Trevion Williams hit a jumper and Isaiah Thompson connected from beyond the arc to cut the margin to 5.

It was 53-50 before Smith followed a Purdue miss with a resounding dunk with 2:06 remaining. A series of missed shots and turnovers followed before Cowan made two free throws with 12.5 seconds to go.

Maryland won despite shooting 28 percent in the second half, including 0 for 9 from 3-point range.

The Boilermakers went scoreless over the final 3 minutes, 52 seconds. They were 8-0 this season when holding the opposition to 59 points or fewer.

The Terrapins held Purdue scoreless over the opening 4 1/2 minutes and took a 20-4 lead while getting assists on each of their first seven baskets. Five of those field goals were 3-pointers, including two apiece by Smith and Wiggins.

Minutes later, Scott hit a jumper and a pair of 3-pointers to make it 28-10. At that point, the Terps were 7 for 10 from beyond the arc.

On the other end, the Boilermakers shot 29 percent during the first 13 minutes and misfired on all four 3-point attempts.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers just don't seem to have the same intensity or shooting touch when on the road. That's how it is for most Big Ten teams, but this defeat is hard to fathom immediately after a rout of Michigan State.

Maryland: If the Terrapins are going to struggle on the road, which seems to be the case, they've got to excel at home. And fortunately, that's exactly what Maryland has done in College Park.

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The Terps hope this victory offsets their disappointing 56-54 loss at Wisconsin on Tuesday and enables them to move up a notch or two in the Top 25.

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Purdue hosts Illinois on Tuesday night. The Boilermakers were blown out by the Fighting Illini 63-37 on Jan. 5.

Maryland's quest for its first road win continues Tuesday night at Northwestern, the cellar dwellers of the Big Ten.

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Maryland falls to No. 17, Virginia out of top 25 in latest AP Poll

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Maryland falls to No. 17, Virginia out of top 25 in latest AP Poll

A 1-1 week dropped the Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team five spots in the latest Associated Press poll.

Maryland defeated then-No. 11 Ohio State handily at home this past Monday, 67-55. It was the Terps best win of the season, where they played lockdown defense for much of the evening.

But on Friday, Maryland was embarrassed by unranked Iowa on the road. The Hawkeyes held Maryland to just 49 points, cruising to an 18-point victory.

In three true road games this season, Maryland is winless. It's worth noting that Maryland remains perfect at the Xfinity Center, however.

The Big Ten has five teams in the latest Top 25, but none higher than Michigan State at No. 15 overall.

The Terps weren't the only MId-Atlantic team to slip. Virginia fell outside the Top 25 following a loss to Syracuse this past weekend.

You can check out the full poll below.

Full poll:

1. Gonzaga
2. Duke
3. Baylor
4. Auburn
5. Butler
6. Kansas
7. San Diego State
8. Baylor
9. Florida State
10. Kentucky
11. Louisville
12. West Virginia
13. Dayton
14. Villanova
15. Michigan State
16. Wichita State
17. Maryland
18. Seton Hall
19. Michigan
20. Colorado
21. Ohio State
22. Memphis
23. Texas Tech
24. Illinois
25. Creighton

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