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'Stef-like' catch propels Terp freshman into starting WR spot

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'Stef-like' catch propels Terp freshman into starting WR spot

COLLEGE PARK -- Quarterback Caleb Rowe was on the sidelines in the third quarter on Saturday against Bowling Green, watching as he saw true freshman wide receiver D.J. Moore grab a short pass from Perry Hills, break away from the defense, and take it 42 yards for a touchdown.

It reminded him of someone.

“D.J. is just so explosive,” Rowe said on Wednesday. “You saw last week on that slant that he caught almost -- I don’t want to say it -- but like Stef-like a little bit.”

Rowe, of course, is referring to former Maryland wide receiver and current Minnesota Viking Stefon Diggs, who played three years for the Terrapins and was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft.

Diggs was most dangerous in space during his college career, much like Moore was during his first career touchdown catch on Saturday.

With the wide receiving corps and the passing game as a whole struggling through two games, that play was enough to push Moore into a starting spot alongside Levern Jacobs and Taivon Jacobs for Saturday's game against South Florida.

Head coach Randy Edsall explained to the media the reason for the change on Tuesday.

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“Just the things that I’ve seen him do and knowing that -- and I’ve said this to you guys -- we’ve got to be able to throw the football,” he said.

“Things that I’ve seen out of D.J. in terms of what he’s been able to do fits into those things that we’ve said.”

Moore was a four-star recruit in high school, ranked as the 38th-best wide receiver in the nation, according to Rivals.com.

Kickoff against USF is set for noon on Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

NOTE: Edsall commented on one other Moore-related bit Tuesday. In the second half of Saturday’s game, Hills found Moore on the far sideline for what appeared to be a nice leaping grab that would be enough for a first down.

The pass was ruled incomplete, with the officials saying that both of Moore’s feet came down simultaneously, one out of bounds and one inbounds. Even after a review, the play stood.

The drive ended, Maryland punted, and Bowling Green drove 99 yards on the ensuing drive, which began the late scoring snowball that buried the Terrapins.

Edsall said Tuesday that he submitted the play to the conference for review and received a verdict that he expected. The pass should have been ruled a completion.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 


This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties. 

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