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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#6 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#36 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#5 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#6 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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  05/16/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  It was last Friday at about 6 p.m. that Taulia Tagovailoa entered the NCAA transfer portal. Exactly one week later, the former Alabama quarterback and younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa has decided on his new team. The family's relationship with Maryland head coach Mike Locksley surely played a significant role in the decision. Locksley was Alabama's offensive coordinator when Tua was a Heisman finalist in 2018. Now, Locksley will get a chance to work with Tua's younger brother, a former four-star recruit who had been set to compete for the Tide's starting quarterback job before deciding to transfer. Taulia appeared in five games as a freshman last season and ended the year as Mac Jones' backup at quarterback after Tua suffered his season-ending hip injury against Mississippi State. - Birmingham News

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  05/16/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  Mike Locksley was in the middle of his Instagram Live show Friday night, somewhere around the point that he was interviewing Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken, when his phone started buzzing. Over and over again. Finally, after finishing the show and seeing his 75 new text messages, the Maryland head coach realized what happened. Taulia Tagovailoa, the former Alabama quarterback and younger brother of former Crimson Tide star QB Tua Tagovailoa, had announced on Twitter he was transferring to Maryland. It's an announcement - a massive piece of news for Locksley and Maryland - that came as a surprise to many in the college football world. Including Locksley.

"As I'm in the middle of the show, which starts at 7 o'clock Eastern time here, I just know my phone started blowing up and buzzing and buzzing and buzzing," Locksley, who was Tua's offensive coordinator at Alabama in 2018, told AL.com. "So I looked down and saw I had a missed call from an 808 (Hawaii) number. And then I was finishing my show and by the time I finished the show, probably around 7:35 or 7:40, my phone had just blown up that Taulia had said he was coming to Maryland. So I called him back and he said, 'Hey Coach, as a family we've prayed about it and I'm coming to Maryland." While he expects Taulia to have to redshirt this season, the former four-star recruit will then have three years of eligibility remaining for the Terps. - Birmingham News


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  05/09/20 - Taulia TagovailoarSo/2023, Maryland, 5-11, 205 (DS#6 QB) + More +

  One Tagovailoa left the Alabama program earlier this year. Now, another one is leaving, too. Sophomore quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of former Crimson Tide star QB Tua Tagovailoa, entered the NCAA transfer portal Friday, AL.com has learned. Prior to spring practice being canceled, Taulia had been set to compete with Mac Jones and five-star freshman Bryce Young for the starting quarterback job that was opened up by his brother's decision to depart Alabama for the NFL. Instead, it will now just be Jones and Young competing for the job. A former four-star recruit, Taulia appeared in five games as a freshman last season and ended the year as Jones' backup at quarterback after Tua suffered his season-ending hip injury against Mississippi State. Taulia's most extensive action came during mop-up time of the Tide's win over Arkansas and during the team's blowout win over Western Carolina. - Birmingham News

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  The Pittsburgh Steelers added a pair of Maryland standouts in the NFL draft Saturday, taking running back Anthony McFarland Jr. in the fourth round and safety Antoine Brooks Jr. in the sixth round. McFarland, the No. 124 overall pick, was the first Terp taken in the 2020 draft. Brooks was taken at No. 198. A former top recruit at DeMatha Catholic who redshirted his freshman season in College Park, McFarland rushed for a combined 1,648 yard yards in 2018 and 2019. He averaged nearly 8 yards per carry en route to Freshman All-America honors, but his production slipped last season (5.4 yards per carry) as he dealt with a high-ankle sprain. The 5-foot-8, 208-pound McFarland impressed at the NFL scouting combine with his 4.44-second 40-yard dash. He's also a capable receiver, catching 17 passes for 126 yards last season. - Baltimore Sun

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  04/19/20 - Keandre JonesSr/2020, Maryland, 6-1, 220 (DS#30 OLB) + More +

  In three years of varsity football at Good Counsel, a private school in Olney in Montgomery County that has been a traditional powerhouse in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, Keandre Jones could play at all three levels of the defense. But he excelled as a pass-rushing linebacker. In his final two high school seasons, Jones totaled 196 tackles, 13 sacks and two interceptions en route to being ranked as a top-10 recruit by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. "I know his specialty was coming from the linebacker position or strong safety and coming off the edge and getting to that quarterback real fast," recalled Bob Milloy, who coached the Falcons for 16 years before retiring after the 2016 season. "He made things happen out there." After three relatively quiet seasons at Ohio State, Jones transferred to Maryland for his senior year and set career highs in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks last fall. And that performance has him poised to be selected in the NFL draft, which begins Thursday night. - Baltimore Sun

(DS#30 OLB) Sr/2020 OLB Keandre JonesMaryland
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  04/15/20 - Ellis McKennierSr/2020, Maryland, 6-4, 310 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  Ellis McKennie III has not given much thought to the NFL draft, and for good reason. McKennie, who last fall completed his fifth year of eligibility as a starting offensive lineman for the Maryland football team, has been preoccupied by the health of his father Ellis McKennie Jr., who was afflicted by the coronavirus. After 15 days in a medically induced coma, the elder McKennie was discharged Monday from the hospital - a huge relief for the younger McKennie, who grew up in Randallstown and graduated from McDonogh. "Everything took a backseat," McKennie, 22, said Wednesday afternoon. "My professors have been extremely understanding as I finish up my master's [in public policy] right now, but it's kind of hard to focus on something else while this was going on with my father. I spent a lot of my days at the hospital, trying to sit there, and even when I came back, it was hard to switch my mind into work mode or something else just knowing what he was going through or what my mom was going through." Ellis McKennie Jr., 51, began to feel nauseated and tired and started coughing sometime in March, according to Jodi McKennie, his wife of 22 years. Not one to normally complain, McKennie was confined to bed in their home in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania, for two days, and after talking to his brother, he asked his wife to take him to the emergency room at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in nearby Hanover on March 18. - Baltimore Sun

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  03/19/20 - Deonte BanksSo/2023, Maryland, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Cory Robinson, Maryland's cornerbacks coach and defensive passing game coordinator, left the program to take a job as a defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints, he announced Thursday on Twitter. Robinson's departure comes around the time Maryland would have begun spring practice, but the Big Ten announced last week that all organized team activities have been suspended until at least April 6 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Coach Michael Locksley appeared to have finalized his 2020 staff in early February, but he will now need to fill another role. Robinson joined Maryland's staff a year ago after Locksley took over the program. Robinson signed a two-year deal through the end of the 2020 season, but his contract does not require a buyout for leaving to accept a position with an NFL team. The Baltimore native was a key recruiter for the Terrapins, and now Maryland will have to find a replacement at an awkward time in the coach-hiring cycle. - Baltimore Sun

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