COLLEGE PARK -- Junior pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue, within a season of turmoil and change for Maryland, has been a bright spot. His 10 sacks put him among the top players in the nation and just three sacks away from tying the school’s single-season mark with four games to go.
Maryland defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski, speaking to the media at a press conference Wednesday, scraped away some of the typical niceties that come with the presumed humbleness of a player approaching a record and was more frank when asked whether he believes that record has a place in Ngakoue’s mind.
“He says it doesn’t, but I’m sure he thinks about it,” he said. “I think in all competition, you’ve got a chance to beat a record you’re going to do everything you can to do that.”
Then he added one qualifier.
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“In Yannick’s favor, I think he would trade it all in for wins.”
And wins have been in short supply, with Maryland standing at 2-6 with Wisconsin set to visit College Park on Saturday for the program’s homecoming game.
Flickers of light in a difficult season like Ngakoue approaching the sack record are a point of pride, but even in light of that the junior said just what Dudzinski predicted he would.
“It’s not in my head,” he said. “I’m the type of person like when I go in the game, I just keep working hard, keep working hard to get to the quarterback and I wasn’t aware that I had this many sacks.
“When you put in the work, man, and you look up, the results show for themselves.”
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.
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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