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Three reasons to watch Maryland football in 2018

Three reasons to watch Maryland football in 2018

Frankly, Maryland football has been tough to watch for the better part of the last decade.

There have been a few decent seasons here and there, but no bowl wins since 2010 against East Carolina. The Terps are 20-30 since joining the Big Ten.

That said, there are still a handful of reasons to watch Maryland football this season. Here are the three best ones:

1. Local high school superstar Kasim Hill leads a crop of young, talented Terps.

Hill was a four-star quarterback coming out of St. John's College High School in 2017. After bursting onto the scene as a true freshman last season, he's poised to win the starting job after a knee injury cut last year short. He'll team with fellow former four-star local running back Anthony McFarland to lead a rejuvenated Terps offense against a dubious Big Ten schedule.

2. Former top overall recruit Byron Cowart is attempting to revive his college career.

In 2015, Byron Cowart was supposed to be the next big thing. After two years of underwhelming football at Auburn, he sat out 2017 and has resurfaced in College Park with a new attitude and hunger to be great. If he can tap into some of the potential that made him so coveted coming out of high school, he'll form a dangerous duo of defensive ends with Jesse Aniebonam, who's returning for a fifth season after a fractured ankle ended his 2016 campaign in Week 1. The last time he played a full season, he led the team with 14 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

3. The two highest-rated recruiting classes in history are poised to shine.

Maryland has not traditionally recruited well despite sitting in the middle of one of the most fertile recruiting areas in the country. But after signing back-to-back top-30 classes full of blue-chip recruits, many of whom are local, things are looking up. They may be young, but members of the classes of 2017 and 2018 are already projected in the two-deep heading into fall camp. Many could be difference-makers once live action comes around.

Nothing is for sure with Maryland football, but heading into 2018, there's a new feeling of optimism and excitement around the program. Don't get caught sleeping if the Terps have a surprisingly good year.

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What to watch: Re-live Maryland, Virginia's lacrosse championships

What to watch: Re-live Maryland, Virginia's lacrosse championships

DMV college lacrosse fans looking to re-live the glory days of UVA and Maryland's programmings are in luck on Monday. ESPNU and the ACC Network are airing a slew of title games including Maryland men's 2017 title and Maryland women's battle against North Carolina.

Here's the schedule for Monday, May 25 (in EST): 

NCAA MEN'S LACROSSE

12:00 PM    North Carolina vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
2:00 PM    Maryland vs. Denver (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
2:00 PM    Notre Dame vs. Duke (Championship)  Channel: ACC Network
4:00 PM    Notre Dame vs. Duke (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
6:00 PM    #5 Yale vs. #3 Virginia (Championship) Channel: ACC Network
6:00 PM    Ohio State vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
8:05 PM    Duke vs. Yale (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
10:00 PM    #5 Yale vs. #3 Virginia (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
10:00 PM    North Carolina vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ACC Network

NCAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE

8:00 PM    North Carolina vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ACC Network

 

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Reggie Bush thinks ex-Terp RB Anthony McFarland could be better than Le'Veon Bell

Reggie Bush thinks ex-Terp RB Anthony McFarland could be better than Le'Veon Bell

Former University of Maryland running back Anthony McFarland played just 23 games with the Terps, but what he put on tape during that short span was enough to convince one former star running back that he has the tools to be very successful in the NFL.

Reggie Bush, whose name is included in any shortlist for the best running back in college football history, was asked on Monday about the 2020 running back class during an appearance on Fox Football Now. Bush specifically praised McFarland, who the Pittsburgh Steelers used a fourth-round pick on in April's draft, and thinks the former Terp can be better than a recent Steelers star.

"I think he has the ability to be just as good as Le'Veon Bell, if not better," Bush said.

That's high praise for McFarland, considering Bell is one of the best running backs in Steelers history. During his six seasons with Pittsburgh, Bell made three Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro twice. Only three other Steelers -- Franco Harris, Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker -- have more rushing yards in franchise history.

One thing that stood out to Bush considerably when watching the former Terps star's film was McFarland's big-play ability.

"The kid can flat-out fly," Bush said. "He's explosive. He is a game-breaking type of player."

In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast prior to the draft, McFarland explained that he, too, feels like he's a home run threat every time he touches the ball.

"No matter where I'm at in the field, I always believe every play is the big play," he said. "And that's the thing about I feel like me playing running back because I feel like literally, every single play is a big play and it can happen anytime."

The best example of this is from McFarland's 2018 outing against Ohio State, without a doubt the best game of his collegiate career. McFarland finished with a career-high 298 rushing yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns, one an 81-yard scamper and the other from 75-yards out.

In Pittsburgh, McFarland is expected to be a complement to James Conner, who has been the team's starter since 2018. Bush believes that the run-style the Steelers use will certainly benefit the rookie in 2020.

"The Pittsburgh Steelers love to run the football. But it's the way they love to run the football, they use those tackles and tight ends and they pull," Bush said. "What that does is for running backs is, if they just get a crease...Anthony McFarland, if he just gets a crease, he's gone."

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