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  12/29/22 - Taulia TagovailoarSr/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 200 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa raised the MVP trophy over his head as confetti fluttered around him and could only think, not of his near-flawless dominance in the Bronx, but of the words of his Maryland coach. The best is ahead. Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes of 70 and 32 yards to Darryl Jones, Tarheeb Still returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown, and the sudden scores sparked Maryland to a 54-10 rout of Virginia Tech in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday.

The game belonged to Tagovailoa, an Alabama transfer and the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He was 20 of 24 for 265 yards, and the two TD passes brought his season total to 26, which tied Maryland's single-season record. "I hope it quiets some of the critics and he gets some of the respect he deserves as a quarterback," coach Mike Locksley said. "We wouldn't be in this situation we're in with a winning season without Taulia." Locksley preached patience in the form of his mantra, the best is ahead. Tagovailoa, who had already announced he would return to the Terps next season, showed enough flashes of greatness in New York to hint the future may be bright. The game's MVP, Tagovailoa helped the Terrapins (7-6) get the better of the Hokies at Yankee Stadium - and even on TV. - Maryland/AP College Football


(DS#19 QB) rSr/2023 QB Taulia TagovailoaMaryland
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  12/11/21 - Dontay Demus Jr.rSr/2023, Maryland, 6-3, 215 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Dontay Demus,...Demus Jr., who suffered a season-ending injury on October 1, had 28 receptions for 507 yards and three touchdowns in just five games. At the time of his injury, Demus Jr. led the Big Ten and stood 11th in the country in receiving yards. He ranked third in the conference in both receptions per game (5.6) and sixth in touchdowns. Demus Jr. has caught a pass in 27 straight games. - Maryland Football

(DS#5 WR) rSr/2023 WR Dontay Demus Jr.Maryland
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  12/11/21 - Sam OkuayinonurSr/2022, Maryland, 6-1, 280 (DS#60 DT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Sam Okuayinonu, Maryland,...Okuayinonu leads the Terrapins and is tied for eighth in the Big Ten with six sacks (all solo). The defensive lineman also leads the team and ranks 16th in the conference with 8.5 tackles for loss. Okuayinonu has started every game for Maryland over the last two seasons and has appeared in 27 of 28 games during his Terps career. - Maryland Football

(DS#60 DT) rSr/2022 DT Sam OkuayinonuMaryland
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  12/11/21 - Ami FinaurSr/2023, Maryland, 6-2, 320 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Ami Finau,...Finau ranks fourth on the team in tackles for loss (5.0) and sixth in total tackles (38). The senior has started 17 consecutive games, tied for the longest streak on the team. Finau had several impressive games for the Terps this season, including posting a career-high 11 tackles to go along with a sack and forced fumble at Michigan State. He also blocked a field goal in Maryland's win at Illinois. - Maryland Football

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2023 DT Ami FinauMaryland
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  12/11/21 - Jakorian BennettrSr/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 195 (DS#61 CB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Jakorian Bennett,...Bennett ended the regular season first among all Power Five players in pass breakups (16). It's the most pass breakups by a Terp in a season since Domonique Foxworth had 22 in 2002. Bennett is tied for the team lead and tied for seventh in the Big Ten with three interceptions, while also recording 24 tackles and two tackles for loss. - Maryland Football

(DS#61 CB) rSr/2023 CB Jakorian BennettMaryland
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  12/11/21 - Taulia TagovailoarSr/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 200 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Taulia Tagovailoa,...Tagovailoa posted the greatest statistical season of any quarterback in Maryland history, setting the Terrapin single-season records for both passing yards (3,595) and completions (308). The junior completed 68.4 percent of his passes and threw for 24 touchdowns. Tagovailoa ranks Top Three in the Big Ten in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, completions, total offense (302.8) and 300-yard passing games (7). He boasts seven of the Top 30 passing games in the Big Ten this season. - Maryland Football

(DS#19 QB) rSr/2023 QB Taulia TagovailoaMaryland
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  12/11/21 - Chigoziem OkonkwoSr/2022, Maryland, 6-2, 250 (DS#6 FB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Chig Okonkwo,...Okonkwo hauled in 49 catches for 433 yards and five touchdowns in 2021. He ranks first among all Big Ten tight ends in both receiving touchdowns and receptions in conference games (41). Okonkwo's touchdown mark ranks sixth among all Power Five tight ends. He hauled in 12 receptions against Penn State, the second-most in a game by any Big Ten player this season, and his 112 receiving yards at Michigan State were the second-most by any tight end in a Big Ten game this season. - Maryland Football

(DS#6 FB) Sr/2022 FB Chigoziem OkonkwoMaryland
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  12/11/21 - Rakim JarrettJr/2024, Maryland, 6-0, 190 (DS#11 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Rakim Jarrett,...Jarrett leads the team in receptions (56), receiving yards (769) and is tied for the team lead with five receiving touchdowns. The sophomore ranks eighth in the Big Ten in receiving yards and receptions, and is tied for 10th in receiving touchdowns. Jarrett has at least one reception in every game this season and has posted at least 50 receiving yards in eight games. - Maryland Football

(DS#11 WR) Jr/2024 WR Rakim JarrettMaryland
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  12/11/21 - Jaelyn DuncanrSr/2023, Maryland, 6-5, 320 (DS#7 OT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Jaelyn Duncan,...Duncan, who has started 28 games at left tackle during his Terps career, has been named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten for the second straight year. He helps block for the 14th-best passing offense in the country as the Terps are averaging 307.1 passing yards per game. - Maryland Football

(DS#7 OT) rSr/2023 OT Jaelyn DuncanMaryland
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  12/10/21 - Jacob CopelandrSr/2023, Maryland, 6-0, 202 (DS#7 WR) + More +

  Florida wide receiver Jacob Copeland announced his intentions to transfer Thursday, becoming the fifth UF player and first starter to enter the portal since the hiring of new coach Billy Napier. Copeland, a redshirt junior, led the Gators in receiving this season with 39 catches for 607 yards and four touchdowns. However, he has expressed frustrations on social media this year over his lack of targets. "After much thought, prayer and discussion with my friends and family, I have made the decision to enter the Transfer Portal," Copeland wrote in his farewell note on Twitter. "This has not been an easy decision or one that I have taken lightly; however, I want to do what is best for my development by pursuing my goals and furthering my career." Copeland has totaled 84 catches for 1,331 yards and nine touchdowns in his career, while adding 65 rushing yards on eight carries. He plans to play in the Gasparilla Bowl against UCF on Dec. 23. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#7 WR) rSr/2023 WR Jacob CopelandMaryland
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  11/27/21 - Taulia TagovailoarSr/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 200 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  Maryland earned its first bowl berth since 2016 as record-setting quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa threw three touchdowns and ran for another in a 40-16 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. Halfback Tayon Fleet-Davis also had a big-day with a bowl-bid on the line, rushing for a career-best 152 yards and two touchdowns as the Terps (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) rolled up 575 yards in total offense. Fleet-Davis scored on runs of 13 and 2 yards in the fourth quarter. Tagovailoa had touchdown passes of 25 and 11 yards to Corey Dyches and 38 yards to Brian Cobbs in getting the Terps bowl eligible. He also tallied on a 10-yard run as Maryland opened a 20-2 halftime lead and never looked back.

Rutgers (5-7, 2-7) was seeking its first bowl berth since 2014. Tagovailoa finished 21 of 30 for 312 yards. The yardage gave him 3,595 yards, breaking the Terps’ single-season record of 3,499 set by Scott Milanovich in 1993. After taking the final snap, Tagovailoa chest bumped with receiver Rakim Jarrett, who had seven catches for 111 yards. They then posed for a team photograph in front the goalposts. The Scarlet Knights got second-half touchdown runs of 1 yard from Johnny Langan and 3 yards from Aaron Young.. Kessawn Abraham returned a blocked PAT attempt 85 yards for the other two points. Maryland’s defense stopped Rutgers twice on downs inside its 3-yard line, once in each half. - Maryland/AP College Football


(DS#19 QB) rSr/2023 QB Taulia TagovailoaMaryland
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  10/30/21 - Taulia TagovailoarSr/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 200 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 419 yards and two touchdowns, and Maryland snapped its three-game losing streak with a 38-35 victory over Indiana on Saturday. The Terrapins (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) trailed 17-14 after a 66-yard touchdown run by Indiana's Stephen Carr in the third, but Maryland answered with two touchdown drives before the quarter was over. Challen Faamatau put the Terps ahead with a 1-yard scoring run, and then Tagovailoa connected with Carlos Carriere for a 14-yard touchdown that made it 28-17. Tagovailoa's second TD pass came in the final quarter on a 45-yard catch-and-run by Carriere. Then Donaven McCulley threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Peyton Hendershot for the Hoosiers (2-6, 0-5), and a 2-point conversion made it 35-28. Joseph Petrino made a 41-yard field goal with 1:20 remaining to make it a 10-point game. McCulley's 8-yard touchdown pass to Hendershot made it 38-35 with 1:00 to play, but Maryland recovered the ensuing onside kick. Tagovailoa and the Terrapins won their first four games this season before blowout losses to Iowa and Ohio State and a road defeat against Minnesota. They got back on track in their homecoming game against the struggling Hoosiers. - Maryland/AP College Football

(DS#19 QB) rSr/2023 QB Taulia TagovailoaMaryland
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  10/19/21 - Jeshaun JonesrSr/2023, Maryland, 6-1, 185 (DS#52 WR) + More +

  Maryland coach Michael Locksley said the goal for his team during the bye week was to get healthy — mentally and physically. Then he immediately announced two more major injuries. Receiver Jeshaun Jones and linebacker Durell Nchami are both expected to miss the rest of the season. Locksley said Tuesday that Jones had a lower-leg injury that requires surgery, and he said Nchami had upper-body surgery. "We're a team that kind of limped into the bye week," Locksley said. The Terrapins won their first four games this season. Then their much-anticipated matchups with Iowa and Ohio State went about as badly as possible. Maryland lost standout receiver Dontay Demus to a season-ending injury in the Iowa game, and Jones went down against Ohio State. The Terps also lost both games by a combined score of 117-31. Then the schedule mercifully gave them last weekend off. - AP College Football

(DS#52 WR) rSr/2023 WR Jeshaun JonesMaryland
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  09/25/21 - Taulia TagovailoarSr/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 200 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  After his unbeaten team won without playing its best, Maryland coach Michael Locksley kept his focus on the big picture. "We haven't played to the standard, but I definitely want to give our team credit that we're sitting here at 4-0 and we're disappointed," he said. "That means that we're heading in the right direction. We've got a locker room full of guys that are happy we won, but not happy with the way we played." Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns, and Maryland beat Kent State 37-16 on Saturday. The Terrapins have won their first four games for the first time since 2016, and their solid start has added intrigue to upcoming matchups against Iowa and Ohio State.

Maryland wasn't necessarily dominant against Kent State, but the Terps stiffened on defense when they needed to. The Golden Flashes (1-3) had the ball in Maryland territory on seven of their first eight possessions, but they managed only nine points on those drives. Tagovailoa, meanwhile, took everything the Kent State defense gave him, repeatedly finding open receivers in another sharp performance. He went 31 for 41, essentially matching his 75.5% completion percentage coming into the game. Tagovailoa was intercepted for the first time this season when Rakim Jarrett couldn't handle his pass in the first quarter. The Golden Flashes took a 3-0 lead, but the Maryland quarterback answered quickly with a 33-yard scoring pass to Dontay Demus. - Maryland/AP College Football


(DS#19 QB) rSr/2023 QB Taulia TagovailoaMaryland
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  09/20/21 - Joseph PetrinoSr/2022, Maryland, 5-11, 180 (DS#29 K) + More +

  SEPT 20 BIG TEN CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joseph Petrino, Maryland, K - Richmond Hill, Ga. - Richmond Hill (Ga.),...Kicked the first game-winning field goal of his career when he connected on a 32-yard attempt as time expired to give Maryland a 20-17 road win at Illinois. The win helped Maryland improve to 3-0 on the season...The kick marked Maryland's first walk-off win since Dan Ennis hit a game-winner against Clemson in 2006...Also connected on a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Maryland an early 3-0 lead and went 2-for-2 on extra points...Earns the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Maryland Special Teams Player of the Week: Javon Leake (Nov. 4, 2019). - Big Ten Football

(DS#29 K) Sr/2022 K Joseph PetrinoMaryland
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