Brown latest Terp to go down with injury

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Brown latest Terp to go down with injury

Freshman running back Wes Brown is the latest Maryland football player to go down with an injury. Brown, Maryland’s leading rusher, is scheduled to undergo season ending surgery on Friday to repair an injured labrum in his left shoulder.

Brown originally injured the shoulder against Wake Forest, but remained in the game. Brown missed last week’s game against Clemson with an ankle injury, but when he returned to practice this week he didn’t respond well so Maryland decided to proceed with shoulder surgery.  

The Washington Post reports that Brown will be out around 20 weeks, meaning he will miss all of spring practice.  

During his eight games this season Brown led the Terps with 90 carries for a 382 yards and two touchdowns.  

Five-star DE, nation's No. 4 player commits to Maryland

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Five-star DE, nation's No. 4 player commits to Maryland

Five-star defensive lineman Joshua Kaindoh of IMG Academy (Fla.) has committed to Maryland, he announced via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

Kaindoh, who is ranked as the No. 1 weakside defensive end and the No. 4 overall prospect in the country in the class of 2017, is listed at 6-5, 241 pounds.

He is a native of Essex, Md. who played high school football in the state before transferring to IMG.

For a time, 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball had pegged Maryland as the favorite to land Kaindoh. Only days later, he released a list of four schools that were to be his finalists and Maryland was not among them.

Now, he has committed to the Terrapins.

In the first full recruiting cycle under head coach DJ Durkin, Maryland continues to build a class worthy of already being one of the nation’s 25 best.

Kaindoh becomes the first five-star player, according to Rivals.com rankings, and is paired with four-star quarterback Kasim Hill and four-star fellow IMG defensive lineman Cam Spence. The class also includes highly regarded local three-stars Jordan McNair and Ayinde Eley.

Since moving to the Big Ten, beefing up both the offensive and defensive lines has been a priority. With former Virginia head coach Mike London as the team’s defensive line coach, that continues.

Watch highlights of Kaindoh below.

Quinton Jefferson becomes third Terp selected in 2016 NFL Draft

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Quinton Jefferson becomes third Terp selected in 2016 NFL Draft

In the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 147th overall pick, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Maryland defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson. With that pick, Jefferson becomes the third Maryland Terrapin selected in the draft, along with Sean Davis in the second round to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Yannick Ngakoue to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round. 

Maryland has now had the most players drafted in a single draft (3) since 2009, when five Terrapins were selected. 

As for Jefferson, he brings size and versatility to the Seattle defense. He was a 2015 Big Ten Honorable Mention after registering 6.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss for the Terrapins. He led the team with 39 tackles.

 

What They're Saying: Reactions to Jaguars drafting Terps' Ngakoue

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What They're Saying: Reactions to Jaguars drafting Terps' Ngakoue

With the 69th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Maryland pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue. He was the second Maryland player taken on Friday night, along with defensive back Sean Davis to the Steelers, and for the Jaguars was the third straight defensive player selected.

Pair Ngakoue with first-round DB Jalen Ramsey from Florida State and possible second-round steal Myles Jack, and Jacksonville has already put together a formidable draft class.

What are people saying nationally about the Ngakoue pick? Take a look below.

Mike DiRocco, ESPN.com:

"The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Ngakoue is a scheme fit who will start off as a designated pass-rusher. He needs improvement against the run and has to work on keeping his weight up. Still, he’s an upgrade at the position."

BigCatCountry.com, SBNation:

"As for fitting with the Jaguars, they seemed to be set on finding somebody who is more of a situational pass rusher than they are finding a true every-down LEO. Their interest in Ngakoue makes sense in the regard that he can step in and be able to contribute right away."

John Oehser, Jaguars.com:

"The Jaguars addressed the edge late Friday. They did because they needed to, but more than that, they did it because the right player was available at the right time."

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com:

Shane Davis, Cover32.com:

"Ngakoue will contribute as a pass-rusher immediately, playing mostly the LEO position and coming in on third downs. General manager Dave Caldwell raved about Ngakoue’s first step quickness in his press conference with the media on Friday night."

Mike Kaye, First Coast News:

"He decided leave Maryland early and the Jaguars jumped at the chance to add him. [GM Dave] Caldwell said he considered taking Ngakoue as early as the second round, but again, stayed patient and reaped the benefits."