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Yes, do-it-all Likely has joked about lining up on offense too

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Yes, do-it-all Likely has joked about lining up on offense too

COLLEGE PARK -- Will Likely does almost everything for Maryland. Almost. But the junior has mentioned that he literally wants to do everything, including lining up on offense, coordinator Mike Locksley told the media on Wednesday in College Park.

“He jokes around a lot about it,” Locksley said, going on to recall what Likely says to him. “Hey, put me in the slot, Coach.”

Likely’s 233 punt return yards against Richmond broke a 76-year-old Big Ten record, held previously by Iowa’s Nile Kinnick.

“He’s just so valuable to our team with the amounts of reps that he plays on defense and in special teams,” Locksley said. “As we say, with the field position he gives us, he is an offensive weapon.

"He provided us with great field position last week. For an offense to get the ball at the minus-42 or 43 ... you should score 50 or more points."

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Head coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday that Likely was the best returner he had “ever been around” and elaborated to CSN’s Rob Carlin that that includes former Terrapin Stefon Diggs, who tore it up for the Minnesota Vikings in the return game during the NFL’s preseason.

"He's the guy who replaced Stefon last year on kickoff return,” Edsall said. “He took one back against Stanford 100 yards and was really good there and then when you see what he's done on punt returns, he's a special guy back there."

It’s just not clear now how many more times teams will dare to punt to him.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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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