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What It Means -- Urban Meyer: Perry Hills drove us 'insane'


What It Means -- Urban Meyer: Perry Hills drove us 'insane'

Maryland made a change at quarterback against Ohio State, playing the Perry Hills card once again but playing it in a different way.

The Terrapins dusted off the old C.J. Brown playbook, utilizing Hills as a dual-threat quarterback who used the passing game as a supplement instead of the driving force for the offense. It worked for a good portion of the game, with Maryland able to pull even, 21-21, midway through the third quarter against the Buckeyes.

It even became a point of emphasis for Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer during his weekly radio show on Thursday on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.

“The quarterback had 140 yards in scrambling, you know, and that drives you insane,” he said. “That’s a defensive tackle getting out of line, missing a tackle.

“The one long one was we were in quarters and the whole field spread open because they ran the corner routes and guy ran right down the middle of the field, so we’re very leary of that, but we are playing solid defense.”


Maryland needs to be cautious about the number of hits that Hills takes, but the basic offensive plan seems to be strong. Interim head coach Mike Locksley reiterated this week that the team needs to build its game plan around the personnel it has instead of trying to mold its personnel to fit a game plan.

The result is a more versatile offense that is able to hold possession of the football, which in turn helps the defense and keeps it from being on the field for long stretches.

“Stabilizing the quarterback position first and foremost was the most important thing for us to do and what you saw [Saturday] was a byproduct of us stabilizing it,” Locksley said.

“Because of the skill set that Perry brings to the program and to our offense, we have to build it around that.”

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball


Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.