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  The Terps lost a pair of standout wide receivers, Dontay Demus Jr. and Jeshaun Jones, to major knee injuries last season. Demus led the Big Ten in receiving yards before he tore his ACL in the fifth game. Both participated in the first official practice of the preseason. Demus decided to put his NFL dreams on hold to return to Maryland, and even after dealing with a bone bruise in his foot in addition to the knee injury, he was surprised by the speed of his recovery. "I'm pretty much doing everything except for a little less contact," said Demus, a senior. "I feel like everything's pretty 100 percent, to be honest."

Jones, in his fifth season as a Terp, tore his other ACL in 2019 and said his most recent recovery process was "a lot smoother than my first time." Jones and Demus join junior star Rakim Jarrett (829 receiving yards last season) and Florida transfer Jacob Copeland (642 yards in 2021) to form a formidable unit. "I think it could be scary with all the weapons we have outside, with Lia in the pocket, the line up front, the backs we've got," Jones said. "I think the pass game could really open up for us." - Washington Post


rSr/2023 WR Dontay Demus Jr.Maryland
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  Chad Ryland will take over kicking duties for the Terps, filling the position previously held by Joseph Petrino for four seasons. Ryland, a four-year starter at Eastern Michigan, transferred to Maryland after setting the Eagles' single-season record for points (104) in 2021. He kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal late in the season and soon after made the jump to a Power Five program, using an extra season of eligibility granted to athletes because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Deep down, every kid's dream is to go as big as possible and make kicks on the biggest stage, which I'm obviously going to have a chance to do this year walking into Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin," Ryland said. "I'm fired up about that, and that's something that contributed to my choice to come here." - Washington Post

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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Tarheeb Still, Maryland,...Still enters his junior season as a Terp as a versatile player that plays every snap at cornerback, serves as the team's punt returner, and is on the field goal unit to block kicks. The Sicklerville, NJ native has started all 17 games he has played in over two seasons and has totaled 75 tackles (58 solo), 19 pass breakups, three tackles for loss and two sacks.

Still led the nation in pass breakups per game in 2020 en route to being named a Freshman All-American by The Athletic. Last season, Still stood Second on the team and sixth in the Big Ten with 11 pass breakups. As a punt returner, Still broke the school record for longest punt return in program history in last year's New Era Pinstripe Bowl, opening the scoring with a 92-yard touchdown to the house. In total, Still returned 21 punts for 172 yards. The cornerback was one of only 52 players in the FBS to return a punt for a touchdown last season. - Maryland Football


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  Mike Locksley believes the Terps' offensive line, which is returning all five starters, is the most improved unit on the team. He said redshirt senior tackle Jaelyn Duncan, a potential first-round pick in next year's NFL draft, has elite athleticism. "He's a [320]-pound guy that moves like he's 220 pounds," Locksley said of the former St. Frances star. "I would venture to say there are very few tackles throughout the country that have the type of athleticism he has with change of direction, balance and body control." - Baltimore Sun

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  Mike Locksley said senior wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr. is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a knee injury he suffered last season and expects him to play in the season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 3, barring any setbacks. "[I'm] really impressed with how he's returned," Locksley said. "Our training staff, led by Brian Simerville, has done a tremendous job of getting Dontay back. I think last week he broke 21 or 22 [mph] on the Catapult [fitness tracker], which means he's got that explosiveness back." Demus, who was considered a potential mid-to-late-round draft pick last season, caught 28 passes for 507 yards and three touchdowns in five games before injuring his knee during a kick return in Maryland's loss to Iowa in October. Demus' return will be huge for the Terps, who are poised to have one of the best passing units in the conference. Demus, a three-time All-Big Ten honorable mention, is second in program history in career 100-yard games (seven), sixth in career touchdowns (13), eighth in career yards (1,775) and 12th in career receptions (106). - Baltimore Sun

rSr/2023 WR Dontay Demus Jr.Maryland
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  2022 PRESEASON LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST: Chad Ryland - Maryland, Class: Senior - Hometown: Ryland, Pennsylvania, stats from 2021 at Eastern Michigan...Ryland comes to Maryland having set virtually every kicking record over his four years at Eastern Michigan. He ranks as the Eagles' career scoring leader, setting the program's single-season mark in the process with last year's 104 points. Among returning kickers who made multiple 50-yarders last year, his 86.4% accuracy ranked third in the country. - Lou Groza Award

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  2022 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Rakim Jarrett, Maryland,...Jarrett becomes the second Maryland wide receiver in as many years to be named a preseason Biletnikoff candidate as current senior Dontay Demus Jr. was on the list last season. Stefon Diggs earned a spot on the watch list in back-to-back years in 2013 & 2014, while DJ Moore was added to the watch list midseason in 2017. A 2021 All-Big Ten selection, Jarrett led the team in receptions (62), receiving yards (829) and was tied for the team lead with five receiving touchdowns.

Jarrett was eighth in the Big Ten in receiving yards and receptions per game, and ninth in receptions and receiving yards per game. His 62 receptions are tied with Stefon Diggs for seventh in program history and his 829 receiving yards are ninth. Jarrett enters his junior year with 79 career receptions for 1,081 yards and seven career receiving touchdowns. The Palmer Park, MD native is the quickest Maryland wide receiver to 1,000 yards since Stefon Diggs (2012-14) and has at least one reception in every game he has played in. - Maryland Football


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  2022 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, Jr., 5-11, 200, Ewa Beach, Hawaii,...Tagovailoa set seven single-season program records during a prolific 2021 season. The Ewa Beach, Hawaii native owns Maryland single-season records for passing yards (3,860), completions (328), completion percentage (69.2%), passing touchdowns (26) and 300-yard passing games (7) last season. - Maryland Football

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  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland,... As a Redshirt Sophomore (2021), Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (5-11, 200) had record breaking season, setting program single season records in passing yards (3,860), completions (328), completion percentage (69.2%), passing touchdowns (26) and 300-yard passing games (7) ... Ranked top-25 in the FBS and top three in Big Ten in every passing category with 328-for-474, 3,860 yard, 26 TD season for the Terps ... Completion percentage (69.2) ranked eighth in the FBS ... Also stood top-10 in nation in passing yards (3,860) and completions per game (25.23).

Named New Era Pinstripe Bowl MVP after fantastic game to pace Terps to 54-10 win, completing 20-of-24 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 42 yards on four carries ... Tied Scott Milanovich (1993) for Maryland single season passing touchdown record (26) ... Set the Maryland passing yards record with fantastic game at Rutgers (11/27) to lead Terps to bowl eligibility, throwing for 312 yards on 21-of-30 passing and three touchdowns while also rushing for 16 yards and a touchdown ... Broke the Maryland single-season completion record vs. #8 Michigan (11/20) with 19 completions on 33 attempts for 178 yards and a touchdown, as well as 30 yards rushing and an additional touchdown ... Set the Maryland record for most 300-yard passing games in a season with 350 yards and two touchdowns on 29-of-48 passing at #8 Michigan State (11/13). - Maryland Football


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  Former Florida State defensive lineman Quashon Fuller announced his transfer destination on Twitter on Friday evening: The Maryland Terrapins. In the 2019 class, Fuller was rated as a four-star prospect, according to Consensus Rankings. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defensive end played in 11 games in 2021, recording eight tackles, including three for loss with one sack. He redshirted his first year on campus in 2019 before appearing in four games in 2020. - Quashon Fuller's Twitter

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  05/05/22 - CJ DippreSo/2025, Maryland + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: TE CJ Dippre, sophomore. With the departure of Chigoziem Okonkwo, Dippre gets a chance to move into a bigger role. Dippre appeared in all 13 games as a freshman, and he made his first start as part of a two-tight end set in the Pinstripe Bowl. - AP College Football

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  Tagovailoa had one of the best seasons by a quarterback in Maryland history in 2021. He set the single-season record in passing yards (3,860) and completions (328) while tying former quarterback Scott Milanovich for the most passing touchdowns (26). But more importantly, Tagovailoa, the brother of former Alabama star and Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, provided much-needed stability at the position, becoming the first quarterback since C.J. Brown in 2014 to start every game.

But the Alabama transfer wasn't flawless last season. His decision-making was an issue at times, as he often threw the ball into tight coverage. In the Terps' 51-14 home loss to then-No. 5 Iowa, he threw five of his 11 interceptions. The spring game will be nowhere close to the competition level Tagovailoa will face during the regular season. However, it will be interesting to see if the third-year starter shows improvement as a decision-maker while strengthening his connections with the receivers. If Maryland wants to build off its first winning season in seven years, the Terps will need Tagovailoa to continue to make strides as a signal-caller. - Baltimore Sun


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  Florida State defensive end Quashon Fuller has entered the transfer portal, becoming the latest player to leave the program since the end of spring football camp. The redshirt sophomore was one of nine four-star prospects to sign as part of FSU's 2019 recruiting class, ranking No. 19 according to 247Sports composite rankings. He's not listed on the team's roster page. Fuller is the 10th signee from that 2019 class to leave the program and the sixth overall player since the spring semester joining running back Corey Wren, receiver Jordan Young, tight end Koby Gross, linebacker Jadarius Green-McKnight and cornerbacks Jarvis Brownlee Jr. and Hunter Washington. He appeared in 17 games for the Seminoles, totaling 11 career tackles, including 3 tackles for loss and a sack. He had a career-high 3 tackles in each of the losses to Notre Dame and Florida; this last season and his only sack came in the season opener against the Fighting Irish. - Orlando Sentinel

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  In 2018, wide receiver Jacob Copeland was thrown into the spotlight before playing a single snap at the college level. During his commitment ceremony at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida, when he chose Florida over Alabama and Tennessee, his mother, Betty, promptly walked away from the table in apparent displeasure with her son's decision. The moment became a viral sensation on social media. Copeland, who transferred to Maryland after four seasons at Florida, is still remembered for that moment, though he admitted he tries not to think about it. Copeland knows it was just miscommunication between him and his mother, and he leaves it at that. "There were rumors about certain things, but there was never any bad blood between me and my momma," he said. "I was raised by my momma in a house with my six brothers. The internet is going to talk, but the inside people know what really went on." Even though Copeland, a junior, garnered attention early, he is not the type of person who wants to be the center of it.

When he entered the transfer portal in December, he could've gone to a school where he would have been a No. 1 wideout. Instead, he came to College Park, hoping to fit in and add to Maryland's already talented wide receivers room, which has the potential to be one of the best in the Big Ten Conference. "Why go somewhere and be just the guy?" said Copeland, a former four-star recruit. "I can go somewhere and be with the guys, and when we go against defenses, they're like, 'How are we going to pick our poison?" Copeland had 84 catches for 1,331 yards and nine touchdowns at Florida, including a team-high 642 yards and four touchdowns on 41 receptions in 11 starts last season. - Baltimore Sun


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  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


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