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Same face, new place: Terps face unique QB vs. Michigan

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Same face, new place: Terps face unique QB vs. Michigan

COLLEGE PARK -- So you face a quarterback at home one year and beat his team, then a year passes and you’re set to play him again -- on a different team.

It’s the unusual situation that Maryland will face Saturday when former Iowa quarterback and now Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock leads the No. 23 Wolverines into College Park for an 8 p.m. kickoff.

The way that transfer rules work, especially within the conference, makes a case like Rudock’s unique. After having graduated from Iowa, Rudock was free to transfer to any school and play immediately, just like Maryland linebacker Jefferson Ashiru has done this season.

But there is a catch within the conference. An explanation from MLive.com:

Under the current Big Ten intra-conference transfer rule, there is no exception outlined for a student-athlete wishing to compete immediately as a graduate transfer. The rule calls for all players who signed scholarship players with another member institution to sit out a year before competing again at a different member school.

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So Rudock had to petition the conference to allow him to play. He won and he has been Michigan’s starter since their opener against Utah.

“That’s probably a first for me,” Maryland defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski said of facing Rudock back-to-back years in different uniforms. “We saw him live and in color last year. We got a good feel for what he can do. He’s very comfortable in that offensive style. He’s efficient throwing the ball, doesn’t panic in the pocket. He’s playing with a lot of confidence.”

Last season against Maryland, a heavily pressured Rudock completed 32-of-56 passes for 317 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

He won’t be throwing the ball 56 times this year. And that’s not just because there is a hurricane bearing down on the East Coast. Michigan has found success running the football and there’s no reason to stray from that against this Maryland defense.

So in those limited looks through the air, Maryland needs to capitalize. Other teams have in the past, including Utah. The Utes forced three Rudock interceptions on their way to a narrow victory.

“He’s very cautious with the ball and I think their offense is helping him do that,” sophomore linebacker Jermaine Carter said. “How they’re trying to control the game, run the ball and little short throws.

“So that’s a big thing. We’ve got to go out there and cause some turnovers.”

Turnovers give Maryland the ball back and having the ball bleeds time, which may be the difference on a drenched field Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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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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