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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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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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