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  11/09/20 - Rakim JarrettFr/2024, Maryland, 6-0, 200 (DS#6 WR) + More +

  NOV 9 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Rakim Jarrett, Maryland, WR, Landover, Md./St. John's,...Caught five passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns in Maryland's victory at Penn State...Became the first Maryland true freshman wide receiver to have two receiving touchdowns and more than 100 receiving yards in a game since Stefon Diggs in 2012...Recorded the third-most receiving yards by a freshman in a single game in school history...Collects his first career Freshman of the Week award...Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Anthony McFarland (Nov. 19, 2018). - Big Ten Football

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  11/07/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Maryland coach Mike Locksley grew up rooting for the team he now coaches, so he's intimately aware of all the beatings the Terps have taken year after year from Penn State. Knowing that makes performances like the one Taulia Tagovailoa and the Terps turned in during their 35-19 win over regional rival Penn State on Saturday all that more special. Tagovailoa competed 18 of 26 passes for 282 yards and three touchdown passes.

Rakim Jarrett caught five passes for 144 yards with a pair of touchdowns, Dontay Demus caught another and Jake Funk added 80 rushing yards and a score for the Terps (2-1, 2-1 Big Ten Conference), who won for just the third time in the 44-game series and first since 2015. "Great team win," Locksley said. "I'm just so happy for those players in that locker room. I'm happy for the former Terp football players that have endured us not playing competitively with (Penn State)." The Nittany Lions have outscored Maryland 163-6 over the last three meetings. Sean Clifford completed 27 of 57 passes for 340 yards with two interceptions and three touchdowns for Penn State, which fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2001. - AP College Football


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  11/05/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  The weekend was a successful one for the Tagovailoa family. Not only did Taulia become only the third player in the last 20 Big Ten seasons to post 350 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and two rushing scores in a single game - for which he shared the conference's Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors with Ohio State junior quarterback Justin Fields - but older brother Tua also won in his first start as quarterback of the Miami Dolphins.

"Obviously happy for Tua," said Locksley, who coached him at Alabama. "It was a well-deserved opportunity for him and for him to do well, but even more excited for Lia in that he was able to play the way we thought he was capable of playing. Now the goal is to get that type of effort from him consistently, which we expect and will hopefully continue to see out of him. But I was definitely excited for Lia and excited for Tua to be able to get a start and get his first win in the NFL. So I was happy for both of those guys." - Baltimore Sun


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  11/03/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa looked like a different player Friday night in his home debut. He bore no resemblance to the rattled sophomore who struggled last week in the Terps' opener, instead keeping his composure and proving, in a thrilling 45-44 win over Minnesota, he is more than just the younger brother of Tua. Tagovailoa led a stunning fourth-quarter rally, bringing the Terps back from a 17-point deficit to force overtime. In the extra period, his two-yard run (and Joseph Petrino's kick) gave Maryland a seven-point lead. The Golden Gophers scored on their first overtime possession, but Brock Walker's extra point floated wide right at Capital One Field, and the Terps had their first win - and Tagovailoa's first as the team's starting quarterback. "We showed a lot of grit, a lot of fight and a lot of perseverance to come off a loss like that and for our team to just continue to fight," Tagovailoa said. "… It just shows the type of team we have. Hopefully we can build on this."

Tagovailoa played with poise and precision in the game's decisive moment. He opened the Terps' overtime drive with a 12-yard pass to Jeshaun Jones, and he closed it with the scoring run, the fifth touchdown he accounted for on the evening. Tagovailoa completed 26 of 35 passes for 394 yards with three touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 59 yards and two scores. He had an interception in the second quarter on a tipped ball but navigated pressure with ease throughout the night, playing from behind for all but the final minutes of the second half. "Last week was more of a surprise for us than what we saw this week," Maryland Coach Michael Locksley said, "because these are the same type of plays and throws and energy he has brought to the table, which is why he earned the position. It was great to see him bounce back." - Baltimore Sun


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  11/02/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  NOV 2 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, So., QB, Ewa Beach, Hawaii/Thompson,...Became the third Big Ten player in the last 20 seasons to notch 350 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a single game as Maryland defeated Minnesota in overtime...Completed 26-of-35 passes for 394 yards, the 10th most single-game passing yards in school history and the most since Danny O'Brien passed for 417 yards against N.C. State in 2010...Added 59 rushing yards, including a 39-yard touchdown in the first quarter...Collects his first career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Maryland Offensive Player of the Week: Javon Leake (Oct. 29, 2018). - Big Ten football

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  10/30/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  A crazy, thrilling game ended abruptly in overtime when Minnesota's Brock Walker missed a conversion kick after a potential tying touchdown, giving Maryland a stunning 45-44 comeback victory Friday night. After the Terrapins rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime, Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa ran for a 2-yard touchdown and Joseph Peterino kicked the extra point to give the Terrapins - who came in as 19-point underdogs - a 45-38 lead. Minnesota answered with a 2-yard touchdown run by Seth Green before Walker's extra-point try sailed wide right to end this Big Ten duel. Tagovailoa went 26 for 35 for 394 yards and three touchdowns in his second college start. He also ran for 59 yards and two scores to help the Terrapins (1-1) bounce back from a season-opening 43-3 loss to Northwestern. He became the first Maryland quarterback to throw for 300 yards since Caleb Rowe against Virginia in 2013. - Maryland/AP College Football

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  10/28/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  The Maryland football team arrived back in College Park around 4 a.m. Sunday after a disappointing defeat at Northwestern. The loss already had marinated for a few hours on the bus and plane as the team traveled home. Some coaches slept at the team facility, and the players returned by noon Sunday for their daily novel coronavirus testing. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa began his work an hour earlier than required - watching the video from his Maryland debut that three times left him walking to the sideline after an interception. "We all have the responsibility of personally being accountable for what we put on tape and how we coach - players and coaches included," Coach Michael Locksley said. "There's no doubt in my mind that Lia took personal accountability for how he played on Saturday."

Locksley, a former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, meets with his quarterbacks the Sunday after games. Any loss brings urgency and some reassurance that another opportunity will come soon. For Tagovailoa, the next chance arrives Friday night against visiting Minnesota. Locksley said he is "100 percent" committed to Tagovailoa as Maryland's starter. The sophomore's performance at Northwestern - 14-for-25 passing for 94 yards with three interceptions in a 43-3 loss - could be remembered as merely one bad showing, albeit the Terrapins' worst defeat in an opener since 1892, the team's inaugural season. If Tagovailoa becomes the Terps' long-awaited stable quarterback, that game could become one of more than 30. "We're going to watch film and watch the mistakes," Tagovailoa said after the season opener. "I have full faith in Coach Locks and our whole team that we're going to come back better from this." - Washington Post


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  09/06/20 - Josh JacksonrSr/2021, Maryland, 6-1, 218 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Six Maryland players decided to opt out of the fall season last month, including three starters: quarterback Josh Jackson, offensive lineman Johnny Jordan and offensive lineman Austin Fontaine. Defensive lineman Jalen Alexander, defensive back Vincent Flythe and linebacker TJ Kautai also chose to sit out. They made that decision when the Big Ten planned to play a 10-game conference schedule. With the postponement, Maryland players are instead spending the fall on campus and attending noncontact practices, workouts and meetings. Some of these players, Locksley said, were content with ending their football careers. (Before the Big Ten announced its postponement, Locksley said that Jackson, who transferred to Maryland as a graduate student before last season, had "probably played his last football.")

When asked whether these players who opted out would have the ability to opt back in and potentially play in the winter, Locksley said Aug. 13: "The way I see it, whether we were playing a season or not, the guys that opted out chose to opt out [of] the preseason workouts, so that's not an area that I've even thought about just yet. Obviously we'll handle a lot of them on a case-by-case basis." - Washington Post


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  08/08/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Taulia Tagovailoa has been granted an NCAA waiver to play this fall for Maryland, a source confirmed to AL.com. Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Miami Dolphin QB Tua Tagovailoa, left the Alabama program in May. Without the NCAA waiver granting him immediate eligibility, Tagovailoa would have had to sit out this season and use his redshirt. ESPN first reported the news. Taulia Tagovailoa appeared in five games for the Crimson Tide in 2019, throwing for one touchdown and 100 total yards. The 5-foot-11 quarterback was a four-star recruit out of Thompson High School and threw for 3,726 yards and 35 touchdowns his senior season. After landing the younger Tagovailoa as a transfer in May, Maryland head coach Mike Locksley told AL.com "his accuracy is really what kind of jumps out to me as a passer." - Birmingham News

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  08/07/20 - Josh JacksonrSr/2021, Maryland, 6-1, 218 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson has opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with very little depth and experience at the pivotal position. Jackson is the most prominent of six Maryland players who have decided not to play in 2020 for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, coach Michael Locksley said during a teleconference Friday. Jackson played in 10 games last year for Maryland after transferring from Virginia Tech. He went 98 for 207 for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions. His backup was Tyrrell Pigrome, who transferred to Western Kentucky during the offseason. With Jackson out, Locksley is hoping the NCAA will grant a transfer waiver to former Alabama quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa, who starred at Alabama and was selected fifth overall by Miami in the 2020 NFL draft. - AP College Football

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  07/27/20 - Jake FunkrSr/2021, Maryland, 5-10, 205 (DS#27 RB) + More +

  2020 WUERFFEL TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jake Funk, Maryland, senior, running back,...A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection who has accumulated 518 yards and nine touchdowns over 31 games played in a Maryland uniform, Jake Funk enters his senior campaign in College Park as a team leader who looks to have a productive 2020 season in the backfield. - Maryland Football

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  07/25/20 - Chigoziem OkonkwoJr/2022, Maryland, 6-1, 244 (DS#4 FB) + More +

  2020 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chigoziem Okonkwo, Maryland,...Okonkwo has appeared in all 24 games and scored six touchdowns since his arrival in College Park in 2018. He ranked second on the team in receptions (19) and third in receiving yards (201) while playing alongside Tyler Mabry, who was named to the Mackey Award Watch List last season, during his sophomore campaign in 2019. - Maryland Football

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  06/17/20 - Joseph BoletepelirSo/2023, Maryland, 6-4, 260 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  Joseph Boletepeli didn't enter the game on the Saturday that North Carolina State's football team played West Virginia University in 2019. The next time he walks onto the field with the Mountaineers, it'll be while wearing old gold and blue. Boletepeli announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he was transferring from N.C. State to WVU. The rising redshirt sophomore defensive lineman played in 10 games over two seasons with the Wolfpack - three in 2018 and seven in 2019. Last season, he finished with 11 tackles, 2 1/2 for a loss and 1 1/2 sacks in seven games as a backup. He did not participate versus WVU. His defensive coordinator for last season was a familiar face to Mountaineer fans - former WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

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  06/03/20 - Deonte BanksSo/2023, Maryland, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Maryland will hire New York Giants assistant defensive backs coach Henry Baker as its new cornerbacks coach, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. Baker, a former Maryland defensive back, fills the lone vacancy on Coach Michael Locksley's staff. Baker spent one season with the Giants but was not retained when Joe Judge was hired as the team's head coach following the 2019 season. His new role at Maryland was first reported by Terrapin Times. The position on the Terps' staff had been open for months, but Maryland could not have spring practices because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, so Baker will not have missed any on-field work with the team. Baker previously coached at North Carolina (2018), Rutgers (2017) and Delaware (2011-16), serving as cornerbacks coach at all three stops. Baker played at Maryland from 1994 to 1997 and returned in 2008 to work on then-coach Ralph Friedgen's staff. - Washington Post

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  05/17/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  A week before he informed Mike Locksley of his decision to transfer to Maryland, Taulia Tagovailoa had to make a more difficult phone call to a different head coach. Nick Saban. It's rarely easy to tell a coach you've decided to transfer. That's especially true when your family has the kind of history the Tagovailoas have with Saban and Alabama. So why is Taulia moving on? It comes down, at least partly, to opportunity. "It's really tough and it's nothing against Alabama," Galu Tagovailoa, Taulia's father, told AL.com. "But my boys are competitive and Lia is such a competitive kid. And he wanted an opportunity to compete. He was told that he was going to come in and compete and he didn't really get that opportunity, so he wanted to use the spring to do that. But with the COVID-19 thing going on, he didn't really have the opportunity to compete. He's a competitor. He likes to work. He likes to compete on the field. And just, going into the season this year, he just felt that he wasn't given that opportunity and he wants to take it somewhere where they're going to give him the opportunity to make the best of his skill set."

While Taulia appeared in five games as a freshman at Alabama last season, it was strictly during mop-up time. That was the case even after his brother, star QB Tua Tagovailoa, sustained a season-ending hip injury in mid-November. With Tua out, Mac Jones took over as the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback and is the current favorite to win Alabama's starting QB job entering this year. All of that factored into the transfer decision for Taulia. - Birmingham News


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