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Six Terps pick up preseason All-Big Ten nods from Athlon Sports

Posted on 16 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive back William Likely are two of five Maryland football players that earned a spot on Athlon Sports 2014 preseason All-Big Ten team.

Diggs, who received first-team consideration from Phil Steele, and Likely were named to the first team, while kickerBrad Craddock earned second team honors. Linebacker Cole Farrand and defensive end Andre Monroe were selected to the third team.

Diggs is one of two wide receivers to be named to the first team. Last season, he finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards last season despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

Likely earned first team honors as specialist. The sophomore led the team in kick returns (28) and punt returns (15) in 2013. Likely averaged 12.8 yards per punt return, which ranked 17th nationally, and averaged 26.0 yards per kick return, which was the 23rd-best average in the country.

Craddock earned a spot on the second team after converting 21-of-24 field goals a season ago.

Linebacker Cole Farrand and defensive lineman Andre Monroe were named to the third team. Farrand ranked second on the team in tackles. The senior totaled 84 tackles including 4.5 for a loss. Monroe was a constant presence in the opponent’s backfield last season. Monroe led the team in tackles for loss (17.0) and sacks (9.5).

To see the full All-Big Ten team, visit athlonsports.com.

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Terps DB Likely picks up Freshman All-America honor

Posted on 19 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland defensive back William Likely has been named to the Athlon Sports Freshman All-America Team, the publication announced on Wednesday. Likely is a third-team selection as a return specialist.

In 12 games, Likely averaged 27.0 yards on 24 kickoff returns, which ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 13th nationally. His kickoff return average is currently the third-highest Maryland single-season total all-time and is just shy of Stefon Diggs’ freshman record (28.52) set last season.

On punts, Likely averaged 12.8 yards per return, which ranks fourth in the ACC and 17th nationally. With one game remaining, Likely currently holds the Maryland freshman record previously held by Orlando Strozier (10.46 ypr) set in 1993.

The Belle Glade, Fla., native also returned one punt for a touchdown this season coming against Virginia Tech. Likely returned the kick 63 yards against the Hokies for the first score of his career. On the day, Likely accounted for all of Maryland’s 106 punt return yards, the third-highest total by a conference team this season.

Likely and the Terps are back in action against Marshall on Fri., Dec. 27 in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Ticket information is available through umterps.com.

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Terps PR/DB Likely picks up weekly ACC honor

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Boston College’s Williams leads way after record-breaking performance

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Boston College running back Andre Williams, who shattered a pair of league rushing records with his performance on Saturday, leads the group of eight Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week announced on Monday.

Williams was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week after rushing for a league single-game record 339 yards in the Eagles’ 38-21 win over NC State. The outburst lifted Williams’ rushing total for the fall to 1,810 yards in 10 games, eclipsing the previous ACC single-season rushing record of 1,798 yards set by Virginia’s Thomas Jones in 1999.

Other ACC honorees this week include Boston College’s Matt Patchan as Offensive Lineman of the Week, Clemson’s Martavis Bryant as Receiver of the Week, North Carolina’s Kareem Martin as Defensive Lineman of the Week, Duke’s Kelby Brown as Linebacker of the Week, Duke’s Deondre Singleton as Defensive Back of the Week, North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer as Specialist and Co-Rookie of the Week, and Maryland’s William Likely as Co-Rookie of the Week.

The ACC Offensive Back of the Week honor is the second of the season for Williams, who was also cited on Sept. 9. Duke’s Brown was recognized as ACC Linebacker of the Week for the third time this season and the second time in as many weeks. North Carolina’s Martin picked up his second ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honor.

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Maryland wins in Blacksburg for first time since 1949

Posted on 17 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland at Virginia Tech

Maryland 27, Virginia Tech 24


Kicking It Off: Maryland snapped a five-game losing streak against Virginia Tech with a 27-24 overtime win over the Hokies at Lane Stadium. It marked Maryland’s first win in Blacksburg since 1949. The Terps improved to 6-4 and 2-4 in the ACC, while Virginia Tech fell to 7-4 and 4-3 in the conference. Maryland now holds a 16-15 all-time edge in the series.

Working Overtime: Maryland’s 27-24 overtime win marked Maryland’s first overtime game since defeating James Madison, 38-35, on Sept. 12, 2009. The Terps are now 5-3 all-time in overtime contests and improved to 3-3 on the road.

Likely to the House: Freshman defensive back William Likely scored the Terps first touchdown of the game when he returned a second-quarter punt 63 yards for his first career score. It marked Maryland’s first punt return for a touchdown since Tony Logan returned a punt 84 yards against Duke on Oct. 2, 2010. It was also Maryland’s longest punt return since Logan’s return against the Blue Devils.

Brown on the Ground: Senior quarterback C.J. Brown tied a season high with 122 yards on the ground and two touchdowns including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. The senior now has 13 career rushing touchdowns which tie him with Scott McBrien, Chris Downs and Jack Scarbath for 20th all-time in school history.

Brown Does it All: Brown scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season to put Maryland up 14-7 at halftime and factored in on all of the plays during the drive. Brown hit wideout Amba Etta-Tawo for a gain of 17 yards to start the drive with 15 yards added at the end of the play for a roughing the passer penalty. He then rushed for 16 yards, seven yards and one yard to cap the drive.

Getting Off the Field: Maryland’s defense held Virginia Tech to 4-for-16 on third downs (25%). It is the Terps’ third-best performance of the season on third down. Maryland’s defense held West Virginia to 2-for-12 on third downs (16.7%) onSept. 21. The Terps defense entered the contest ranked seventh in the ACC holding opponents to a 34.3 third-down conversion rate.

Meeting at the QB: Maryland finished with a season-high 7.0 sacks on the day. The Terps had six against Connecticut on Sept. 14. Defensive linemen Andre Monroe and Quinton Jefferson each finished with a career high of 3.0 and 2.0 sacks, respectively.

Offensive Notes: With one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown, Brown has now accounted for 27 career touchdowns, the 17th-most in school history … Etta-Tawo finished with four catches for 69 yards including a career-long 43-yard reception … wide receiver Nigel King caught his third touchdown pass of the season and fourth of his career on a 16-yard pass from Brown on the opening drive of the second half.

Defensive Notes: The Terps finished with a season-high 11.0 tackles for loss led by a career-high 3.5 from defensive lineman Andre Monroe … Maryland’s defense forced a three-and-out on the opening series for the third time this season. The previous two came against FIU (8/31) and Old Dominion (9/7) … defensive back Sean Davis and defensive lineman Andre Monroe led the Terps with nine tackles apiece.

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Edsall says CB Likely has been bright spot for struggling team

Posted on 12 November 2013 by WNST Staff



Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“It’ll be a nice cold day today. Get back on the practice field, get back to work, and prepare for Virginia Tech who’s a very good football team, outstanding defensive team. Its statistics really paint the picture of who they are. And then offensively, you have an outstanding quarterback in Logan Thomas and again when you take a look at their roster, defensively, a lot, I think eight fifth-year seniors or eight seniors total with fifth-year regular seniors. So, very experienced group and same thing on the offensive side of the ball. So we’ll have to have a good week of preparation and I know our guys are looking forward to that opportunity to go down there this weekend.”


On Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas:

“He’s their leader in a lot of statistics for a quarterback, big, strong, athletic, really good arm strength, can see over top of the line. So again, he’s a guy that has been very, very productive for them and understands what they want to do offensively and where to go with the football so he presents a tremendous challenge for you.”

On defensive back William Likely:

“Will is a guy from the very first day that he came in here, you could see he had something special about him. Just in terms of how he went about his business and how he was doing everything and again the competiveness of Will. The thing that I like about Will, he understands that he’s not the tallest guy in the world, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and he competes his butt off each and every day. He’s a smart football player, he works extremely hard at getting better, never satisfied, tough guy. I could talk all day about him because he optimizes everything that you want in a football player.”


On the team’s execution recently:

“We can always call better plays. Not every play is going to work. When they don’t work, I’m sure there’s a play or defense that we could have called that’s better. This is a collective effort between coaches and players. It’s not just about the players. It’s about all of us. All of us have to do the best job that we can. That’s all I can ask of our coaches, myself, our players is to give the best effort you possibly can. I’ve been in this long enough and I’ve learned from some of the best in the business. I was fortunate enough to coach at the highest level of this profession, the NFL. There are some times you can have the best game plan and have everything planned for what you want to do to execution wise, but you can still come out on the short end of the stick and that’s football and life. That is going to happen, but the thing is we’re trying to make sure, as coaches, that we put together the best possible game plans for our players to go out and be able to execute and deliver on Saturday. What we want for the players to do is go out and give their best effort on Saturday, so we can execute that game plan and give the effort. I say every time, ‘play every play like it’s the last play you’re going to play.’ That is what we want and when it comes up short, we all can do a lot better, if it comes out short. That to me is the mentality that you’ve got to have. It is a collective effort on all of us.”


On the biggest difference in Virginia Tech in its wins compared to its losses:

“When they played Boston College and Duke it is pretty much the same thing for us, turnovers. They had four turnovers and interceptions against Duke and the same against Boston College. They had a pick-six go against them in the Boston College game. They were down on the one-yard line going in and they had an interception. Turnovers are a big part of the ball game. We know ourselves that if we don’t turn the ball over, we give ourselves a lot more opportunity. What we need to be able to do is generate turnovers and not turnover the ball ourselves, because that would help us and give us a better opportunity to be able to win.”


On Virginia Tech’s special teams:

“Frank [Beamer] is an outstanding coach. He is the winningest active coach in FBS. His special teams have been outstanding over the years. Their punter is unbelievable, averaging 44.6 yard per punt. They are very sound and solid in the kicking game. What you’ve got to do is just make sure that you’ve got a plan together. What you really have to do is go out and make sure you have a basic plan with fundamentals and techniques. If you do that, you should be able to be okay. You’ve got to make sure that this week you mind your P’s and Q’s to make sure that your kids are doing the things that you need them to do fundamentally, so we don’t hurt ourselves in the kicking game.“

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Likely gets first career pick in Maryland loss

Posted on 10 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland vs. Syracuse

Syracuse 20, Maryland 3


Kicking It Off: Maryland suffered its fourth loss of the season dropping 20-3 contest to Syracuse. The Terps fall to 5-4 and 1-4 in the ACC, while Syracuse improves to 5-4 and 3-2 in the conference. It is the Orange’s fifth straight win in the series and improves its all-time record against the Terps to 19-14-2.

Career First: Freshman defensive back William Likely came up with his first career interception in the second quarter. Likely jumped in front of the pass to make a diving catch. It was the second turnover generated by the Terrapin defense on the day.

Monroe with the Strip: Defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded his second forced fumble of the season in the second quarter with linebacker Alex Twine hopping on the loose ball. Monroe’s two forced fumbles ties him with linebacker Marcus Whitfield for the team high.

Leading the Way: Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo finished with a career-high 109 yards receiving to lead all receivers on six receptions. Etta-Tawo averaged 17.5 yards per catch had a career-long reception 26 yards midway through the fourth quarter. He is the fourth Terrapin receiver to go over 100 yards this season and the second in as many games.Levern Jacobs had 158 yards receiving against Clemson two weekends ago.

Offensive Notes: Wide receiver Levern Jacobs had six catches for 25 yards … Nigel King tied a career-high with five catches for 65 yards … quarterback C.J. Brown passed for 211 yards completing 21-of-40 passes … running backBrandon Ross led the Terps with 54 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Defensive Notes: The Terrapin defense held Syracuse to just six points following four Maryland turnovers … defensive back Sean Davis led the team with 11 tackles, eight solo, and had one pass breakup … linebacker Abner Loganrecorded his second straight double-digit tackle performance with 10 … Andre Monroe, Matt Robinson, Alex Twineand Marcus Whitfield all had one TFL.


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Likely handles all return duties for Terps with Diggs hurt

Posted on 20 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Maryland at Wake Forest

Wake Forest 34, Maryland 10



Kicking It Off: Maryland falls to 5-2, 1-2 in the ACC following a 34-10 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday at BB&T Field. The Demon Deacons improved to 4-3, 2-2 in the ACC with the win. Maryland’s series record against Wake Forest falls to 43-18-1 with home team winning the last seven meetings. The Terps have not won in Winston-Salem since 2006.


A First for Jacobs: Sophomore wide out Levern Jacobs scored his first career touchdown midway through the second quarter when quarterback Caleb Rowe found Jacobs over the middle for a 56-yard catch-and-run. It was Jacobs’ longest reception of his career and Maryland’s second-longest scoring play of the season. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ 66-yard score against FIU (Aug. 31) is the Terps’ longest scoring play on the season. Jacobs finished with three catches for a career-best 78 yards.


Craddock Adds Another: Early in the second quarter, place kicker Brad Craddock connected from 23 yards for his ACC-leading 13thfield goal of the season. On the year, Craddock is 13-for-16 with only one miss under 50 yards. Craddock has made at least one field goal in seven of the Terps’ last eight games dating back to last season. His lone miss from under 50 yards this season came in the first quarterSaturday.


All-Purpose Diggs: Wide receiver Stefon Diggs finished with 178 all-purpose yards, his third-highest total of the season. Diggs totaled 111 yards on four kick returns and 67 yards receiving. For his career, Diggs now has 2,808 all-purpose yards moving him past Lance Ball (2,788) for 15th all-time at Maryland.


Rowe Steps In: Quarterback Caleb Rowe entered the game in the second half and completed 12-for-27 passes for 207 yards and one touchdown. Rowe’s 56-yard touchdown completion to wide receiver Levern Jacobs was his second touchdown pass of the season and the fourth of his career.


Likely On Kicks: Defensive back William Likely entered Saturday’s game averaging 28.6 yards per kickoff return, the second-best average in the conference. Likely averaged 30.0 yards on two kickoff returns and also tied his season long in punt returns with a 27-yard return in the fourth quarter.


Defensive Notes: Linebacker Marcus Whitfield recorded one sack to up his season total to 6.5 and now has 9.0 tackles for loss this season … defensive back William Likely led the team with eight tackles, five solo … defensive back Sean Davis had seven tackles … defensive back A.J. Hendy totaled six tackles, five solo … linebacker Cole Farrand had five tackles, all solo … linebacker Abner Loganmade is his first career start.

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Terps CB McDougle out for season with shoulder injury

Posted on 15 September 2013 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland CB Dexter McDougle will miss the rest of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury, head coach Randy Edsall announced on a conference call Sunday. The injury marks the end of the college career for the Terps’ fifth-year senior.

The injury occurred in the Terrapins’ 32-21 win at UConn Saturday night, after McDougle had earlier returned an interception of Huskies QB Chandler Whitmer for a 49 yard touchdown. The injury is particularly costly for the Terps, as they had lost their other starting corner Jeremiah Johnson a week earlier to a toe injury. Johnson has the potential to return to the team in November.

Without their starting corners, the Terps are expected to turn to senior transfer Isaac Goins and true freshman Will Likely as starters. Alvin Hill and Jarrett Ross could also be part of the equation in the secondary.

The Terps return to action Saturday (3:30) against West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It was announced Sunday that the game will air on ESPNU.

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Defense leads way in Maryland scrimmage

Posted on 17 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  With the season opener at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium two weeks away, the Maryland football team provided fans an early glimpse of the 2013 squad as part of Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday afternoon.

For Fan Appreciation Day, the Terps scrimmaged for two hours before holding an autograph session on the field.

The Terrapin defense made a strong statement led by Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil and William Likely. Cudjoe-Virgil consistently applied pressure and finished with four sacks and hurried the quarterback on multiple occasions. Likely added an interception on the second series of the second half to end a promising drive, while also providing the spark for the opening score of the game.

After the defense forced a punt inside the 10-yard line, Likely flashed some speed and elusiveness and advanced the ball to the four-yard line. Caleb Rowe took it from there and hooked up with Nigel King in the corner of the end zone for the first touchdown. King made an athletic leaping grab over the defensive back.

Both performances made an impression on head coach Randy Edsall.

“He played well,” said Edsall on Yannick’s day. “I like that effort.  He has been showing that kind of effort ever since he has gotten here.  He was a guy we always thought would be in the mix.  We will look at the film, evaluate it, and see just how well he did.

“Stefon [Diggs] is our return guy. But I feel comfortable if Will was back there or DeAndre [Lane].”

Ricardo Young connected with Levern Jacobs for a 55-yard touchdown for the final score of the afternoon late in the first half. Young hit Jacobs over the middle and the sophomore receiver outran the secondary for six.

Overall, Edsall came away from the scrimmage impressed by the defense, but the evaluation will continue for several positions.

“I thought the defense really got after it,” Edsall said. “Offensively, it is tough. I made the decision not to have C.J. [Brown] and Stefon [Diggs] out here. I know what they can do. I needed to evaluate other parts of the game. I know how they have been performing and how our offense has been operating from practice. You get a better feel for guys that you are going to be able to count on and what you have to help them get better at. I think that is the big thing. I wanted to get everyone on film and give everyone an opportunity to show what they could do.”

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Jacobs, Ngakoue, Cockerille highlight Maryland’s 22 man recruiting class

Posted on 06 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland adds 22 players for the 2013 season

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Spurred by a bevy of the area’s top players, along with key additions from around the nation, the University of Maryland football team has signed a top-35 recruiting class for the second consecutive year.

Head coach Randy Edsall announced the signing of 22 student-athletes for the 2013 season, 19 of whom signed national letters-of-intent, Wednesday afternoon. Three signees enrolled in classes at the university for the spring semester.

The class includes 13 defensive players and nine on the offensive side, while 14 of the players hail from the Maryland/Washington, D.C. area. The Terps landed a five-star recruit for the second consecutive year and have six incoming players labeled as four-star recruits.

“Overall I’m very thrilled and excited because we were able to go out and meet the needs that we needed to in this year’s class,” said head coach Randy Edsall. “I’m also very proud that we closed strong, getting three young men on signing day, and they’re local kids.”

For the second straight year, Maryland landed the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington, D.C. in Yannick Ngakoue (Prounounced: Ya-neek In-gah-kway). A linebacker from Friendship Collegiate Academy, Ngakoue played in the Under Armour All-America game and is a Parade All-American.

Deon Long, a five-star wide receiver who spent last season at Iowa Western Community College, strengthens an already impressive receiving corps. The Terps also added a pair of local wideouts in four-star receiver Taivon Jacobs of Suitland High School and DeAndre Lane of Catonsville Senior High School.

Jacquille Veii, a highly-touted defensive back from The Avalon School in Gaithersburg, Md., was one of the three players to pledge their commitment to Maryland on signing day, joining Jacobs and Ngakoue.

According to 247Sports.com, four of the top seven players in D.C. are headed to Maryland, including Under Armour All-America offensive lineman Derwin Gray (No. 1), and linebackers Cavon Walker (No. 6) and Jermaine Carter, Jr. (No. 7). The aforementioned Ngakoue is the third-ranked player in D.C.

Both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com rank Maryland’s class as the 30th-best in the nation. Rivals also has Maryland’s class as the fifth-best in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“I’m just very proud of the coaching staff for the work and effort they’ve put in to getting this done,” said Edsall. “Then I’m also just very happy for all these young men that we’ve signed because they see what we’re doing, what we’re building, and they wanted to be a part of something special.”

In addition to Gray, Jacobs and Ngakoue, the Terps added three more four-star recruits in quarterback Shane Cockerille, tight end Andrew Isaacs and defensive back William Likely. Cockerille, a dual-threat quarterback from The Gilman School, was a finalist of ESPN’s Elite 11, a camp which ranks the top prep quarterbacks in the nation. Cockerille also represented the U-19 USA Team in the International Bowl on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Likely, an all-state player Belle Glade, Fla., is one of three early enrollees, joining Long and offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano, who spent the past two seasons at San Diego Mesa College.

A talented group of incoming linebackers also includes Jalen Brooks, one of two recruits from the state of Georgia, and Derrick Hayward of Wicomico High School in Salisbury, Md.

Milan Collins of Bishop McNamara High School in La Plata, Md., Elvis Dennah of Annapolis Area Christian School in Annapolis, and Jarrett Ross, the lone Delaware signee, round out a group of five defensive backs.

The Terps also added three strong defensive linemen, going into Florida to get Bozeman High School product Chandler Burkett and Mandarin High School’s Kingsley Opara, as well as Malik Jones, who won two state titles at Paul L. Dunbar High School in Baltimore.

Maryland also has two quality additions along the offensive line in JaJuan Dulaney of McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., and Moise Larose of Wilde Lake High School in Odenton, Md.


Pronunciation Guide

Taivon Jacobs: Tay-von

Moise Larose: Mo-ees La-ROW

Yannick Ngakoue: IN-Gah-Kway

Kingsley Opara: O-par-ah

Jacquille Veii: Ja-Keel Vay

Cavon Walker: Say-von

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