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'Tackle him' -- If only it were that easy vs. Ezekiel Elliott

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'Tackle him' -- If only it were that easy vs. Ezekiel Elliott

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland has faced quality running backs through the first five weeks of the season, but none will be on the level of the player who will stare them down on Saturday in Columbus.

Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott has reached the 100-yard mark in 10 straight games, including all five games this season. In four of those 10 games, he has gone over 200 yards, including a 274-yard performance against Indiana last week.

Defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski was asked how you handle a player of Elliott’s caliber and he had but a simple, wry answer.

“Tackle him.”

See, that’s been the problem. A physical, 225-pound back, Elliott can fight through initial contact and still make a big play. Against Indiana, he had touchdown runs of 55 yards, 65 yards, and 75 yards.

“Ezekiel Elliott is really good,” head coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday. “You’ve got to tackle him. He’s fast and, again, it gets down to I think our guys saw in the game Saturday that when we go out and play hard and we execute and we get 11 guys running to the football, we can be good and that’s the thing that we’ve been coaching them to do.”

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But the problem may be personnel for Maryland. The Terrapins are ranked 88th in the country in yards per rush attempt allowed with 4.7. And that, for the most part, has been with a unit unaffected by in-season injury.

Now the injuries are mounting. Graduate transfer Jefferson Ashiru is out for the season with an ankle injury. Freshman Brett Zanotto will miss at least Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, as well. Defensive lineman David Shaw is lost for the year after undergoing surgery to repair an elbow injury.

So, in response, there is shuffling in the linebacking corps and up front. Denzel Conyers, who was recruited as a defensive back, is now a backup linebacker. Jalen Brooks has moved around, as has Avery Thompson.

But Dudzinski remains confident.

“We’re just going to continue to work with what we’ve got, try to get them better and get ready for a big game this weekend.”

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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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