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Turnovers, parenting, and frustration: On Locksley's big challenge

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Turnovers, parenting, and frustration: On Locksley's big challenge

COLLEGE PARK -- It’s a plain and simple fact that interim head coach Mike Locksley has been faced with since he took over the job at Maryland.

The Terrapins are tied for the nation's lead in one of the categories that teams would least like to lead the nation -- turnovers per game with 3.9 per game. It has been the team’s undoing in a one-point loss to Penn State and a 31-15 loss to Iowa that at a certain point was closer than the final score looked.

But if nothing else, it’s repetitive.

“You’ve got to be very patient. Obviously it’s deflating,” Locksley said during a press conference with the media on Tuesday.

“It’s like raising kids and they keep making the same dumb mistakes over and over. As a parent, you just love them through it, you hold them accountable for it.”

Maryland turned the ball over five times against Penn State and another four times against Iowa. It’s a problem that reaches far back, with quarterback Caleb Rowe still tied for the second-most interceptions in the country and he has not played since Oct. 3.

The offense is undoubtedly more open and free under Locksley with Perry Hills as a dual-threat quarterback, but the turnover problem has not been solved. At times, it seems even to have been exacerbated.

“Turnovers are huge. They kill our drives,” freshman tight end Avery Edwards said.

“For us, the little things are killing us. Just keeping the ball high and tight, something so simple like that that could kill a drive or finishing a block. It’s just little details that we’ve been working on.”

The fix is not as apparent. Personnel has been shuffled all season and it is clear that Hills is Maryland’s best option. Brandon Ross and Wes Brown have been splitting carries at running back. The wide receiver position has been a carousel.

So maybe it all just comes back to tightening the screws and seeing what happens.

“It’s mind-boggling some of the egregious errors that we’ve had in terms of interceptions and fumbles and penalties and they’ve been untimely,” Locksley said. “Those are what bad teams do and we’ve got a good team. We just don’t play real smart at times.”

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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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