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  12/29/20 - Jake FunkrSr/2021, Maryland, 5-10, 205 (DS#36 RB) + More +

  Fifth-year senior Jake Funk, the Terps' lead running back, announced he will declare for the NFL draft. Funk played well in his limited opportunities this season after recovering from tearing his ACL both in 2018 and 2019. Maryland had only six scholarship seniors this season. Running back Tayon Fleet-Davis, who played only one game, and defensive lineman Sam Okuayinonu, a regular contributor on the defensive line, were listed as seniors in 2020 but not honored at Maryland's senior day ceremony. Both could return for 2021. - Washington Post

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  12/29/20 - Marcus FlemingFr/2024, Maryland, 5-09, 170 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Marcus Fleming, a former four-star prospect and wide receiver at Nebraska, announced Monday that he is transferring to Maryland. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound receiver was a four-star recruit out of Miami Northwestern in Florida and originally chose Nebraska over offers from Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Maryland and others. He was rated the No. 44 wide receiver and the No. 259 overall player in the Class of 2020, according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings. The former track star is known for his speed. Fleming won the Florida state high school championship in the 100- and 200-meter dash and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at Nike's The Opening in February 2018. - Baltimore Sun

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2024 WR Marcus FlemingMaryland
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  12/23/20 - Jake FunkrSr/2021, Maryland, 5-10, 205 (DS#36 RB) + More +

  Jake Funk, a running back for the Maryland football team who enjoyed his most successful, albeit pandemic-shortened, season in his final year of eligibility, announced Monday afternoon that he intends to enter the NFL draft. The fifth-year senior declared for the draft on Twitter, writing: "It has always been a dream of mine to one day compete at the highest level of football and I'm excited to announce today that I'll be declaring for the 2021 NFL draft. I will truly miss my teammates, coaches and staff that have helped mold me into the man that I am today, but I couldn't be more thrilled for this opportunity."

The 5-foot-11, 202-pound Funk trailed only Minnesota's Mohamed Ibrahim of Baltimore in the Big Ten in average yards per game (129.0) and led the conference in yards per carry (8.6) while scoring three rushing touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 68 yards and one score. Funk, a Gaithersburg resident who set the Maryland state high school record for career touchdowns with 52 on 249 carries at Damascus High School in Montgomery County, rebounded from a torn ACL in his left knee in back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019. He never gave up on his dream to serve as the Terps' primary ball carrier and capably filled the void created by the departures of Anthony McFarland (614 yards and eight touchdowns) and Javon Leake (736 yards and eight scores). - Baltimore Sun


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  12/16/20 - Jake FunkrSr/2021, Maryland, 5-10, 205 (DS#36 RB) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES): RB Jake Funk, Maryland,...Funk has rushed for 516 yards and has four total touchdowns in four games played this season. He leads the FBS in yards per carry (8.60) and ranks eighth in the nation and second in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (129.0) while ranking 16th in the nation and second in the Big Ten in all purpose yards per game (146.0). - Maryland Football

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  12/16/20 - Jaelyn DuncanrSo/2023, Maryland, 6-5, 315 (DS#15 OT) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Jaelyn Duncan,...Duncan and Johnny Jordan have been anchors for Maryland's offensive line. The duo has helped the Terps rush for 4.8 yards per carry in 2020, a mark that ranks third in the Big Ten. Duncan has started all five games at left tackle, while Jordan has started four at center. Duncan and Jordan each have 16 career starts, which ranks second on the team in total career starts. - Maryland Football

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  12/11/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  After spending a year at Alabama, Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, transferred to Maryland and has gone through some ups and downs this season. He's 75-of-122 for 1,011 yards and seven touchdowns, and he's also thrown seven interceptions. Tagovailoa is third in the Big Ten in passing yards, but he also can be elusive with his feet. It'll be a challenge for Rutgers' defense. "I think the quarterback is dangerous," Schiano said. "He's dangerous but with his arm and with his feet. I think when he went into the portal, there was talk, 'How good is he?' Well, I can tell you, he's real good. He's a good passer. He's very good with his feet." - Asbury Park Press

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  12/02/20 - Marcus FlemingFr/2024, Maryland, 5-09, 170 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Another freshman from Florida has left the Nebraska football program. Marcus Fleming, a wide receiver from Miami, is no longer on the team, coach Scott Frost confirmed Monday. "We wish him the best. He's not going to be on the team anymore," Frost said. "We'll move on and feel good about that position and where it is." Fleming, the Miami Northwestern graduate, appeared to have his stock on the rise in the program when he led the team with 75 yards on five catches against Northwestern on Nov. 7. Those, though, were his only receptions of the season. He played sparingly against Penn State and Illinois at home and then did not crack the Huskers' 74-man travel roster to Iowa. - Lincoln Journal Star

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  11/29/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Maryland (2-2) quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa actually didn't look rusty early, pushing multiple Maryland drives deep into IU territory to start. Indiana's defense did enough to stop him, grabbing a pair of interceptions before the intermission. But Tagovailoa still had 162 yards passing at half, though he'd completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes. The Hoosiers' game plan on that side of the ball developed slowly, soft coverage on the outside shifting as the game wore on. Pressure started to bother him in the second quarter and really ratcheted up in the third. At the same time, that soft coverage became tighter, forcing Tagovailoa to hold the ball longer than he should have. His third pick came after a sack made by good coverage got the Maryland sophomore jumpy enough to force a bad pass over the middle right to a waiting Micah McFadden. The Hoosiers scored off that interception to take a 27-3 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and salt the game away. - Indianapolis Star/News

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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#6 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#6 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#6 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#6 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#6 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#6 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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