Maryland Terps

Quick Links

Trimble believes he is good enough to play in NBA right now


Trimble believes he is good enough to play in NBA right now

As part of a larger interview that spanned from his relationship with Steph Curry to the national championship aspirations of this Maryland team to the importance of the guys at the back end of the Terrapins' bench, CSN's Chick Hernandez brought up the topic of the NBA to sophomore guard Melo Trimble. 

"I've covered Maryland basketball since 1987 as a student and then throughout," Hernandez told Trimble, prefacing his question. "They've had some players who were going to go to the next level.

"I don't care to know if you're going to go. I want to know right now do you think you could play in the NBA."

Without hesitation, Trimble responded simply, "Yes."


Of course, that is to be expected from a player of his caliber. Now in his second collegiate season, he is one of 10 players who have been selected as finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's best point guard. He played with Team USA in the Pan American Games this past summer. He is the best player on of one of the best teams in the nation.

He should have that kind of confidence. 

In the latest edition of's 2016 NBA Mock Draft, Trimble is projected to go just outside of the lottery at No. 16 overall. That is up from earlier versions of the mock, which had him in the early 20s before he shifted into gear during the conference portion of the season. 

What he lacks in athleticism, he makes up for with basketball intelligence and shiftiness with the ball in his hands. He has developed a reputation as a knockdown shooter and is one of the most effective pick-and-roll point guards in the college game. 

"It's never enough," head coach Mark Turgeon said earlier this month when asked about NBA criticisms of Trimble in the face of all he does well. "A player could average 30 a game, it's never enough. It's just today's world. Melo gets the ball wherever he wants. I just wish he would get a few more foul calls."

Watch more of Chick Hernandez's interview with Melo Trimble in Wednesday's 10:30 p.m. edition of SportsNet Central on CSN. Also, tune in for Wizards Pregame Live on CSN before Wednesday's game between the Wizards and Warriors to hear more from Trimble on his relationship with Golden State star and NBA MVP Steph Curry.

Quick Links

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. 


Quick Links

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

USA TODAY Sports Images

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.