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NFL Training Camp: Checking in on handful of pro Terrapins


NFL Training Camp: Checking in on handful of pro Terrapins

NFL training camps have been underway for just over a week and preseason games are approaching -- including former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs set to take the field Sunday night for the Vikings against Pittsburgh. 

So let's take a look around the league at how a handful of former Terrapins have performed in training camp:

Deon Long (Tennessee Titans, WR)

The Titans signed Long as a free agent after he went undrafted earlier this year. He seems to be fighting -- literally, at times -- for his spot:

He also is taking on some responsibilities that he didn't get as much of an opportunity to have at Maryland: 

Another photo:

Darius Kilgo (Denver Broncos, DT)

Kilgo was drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 draft and, as the depth chart stood at that point, it seemed like his playing time would be limited. But a four-game PED suspension for lineman Derek Wolfe and an ongoing police investigation of Antonio Smith has shuffled the depth chart and put Kilgo in a position to contribute.

More on that here:

Dexter McDougle (New York Jets, CB)

McDougle missed the entire 2014 season after tearing a ligament in his knee, but has bounced back and been solid in training camp so far:

Fellow cornerback Dee Milliner is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing wrist surgery, which could open up more opportunities for McDougle.

Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings, WR)

Pro Bowl WR Mike Wallace said Diggs reminds him of Antonio Brown, a player alongside whom Wallace played in Pittsburgh. Diggs, drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, will be a target for second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as Minnesota opens in the Hall of Fame Game Sunday night.

Here's a nice catch the former Terp made during training camp: 


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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun

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


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.