Seminoles cruise in College Park with 41-14 rout

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Seminoles cruise in College Park with 41-14 rout

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Devonta Freeman ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns, Florida State's top-ranked defense lived up to its billing and the No. 10 Seminoles rolled past Maryland 41-14 Saturday to earn a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Florida State (10-1, 7-1) led 27-0 at halftime and cruised to its fifth straight victory. The Seminoles clinched the league's Atlantic Division title for the second time in three years and will play for its 13th ACC crown on Dec. 1.

EJ Manuel completed 17 of 23 passes for 144 yards and two scores to supplement a running game that gained 237 yards. In their previous game at Virginia Tech, the Seminoles were held to minus-15 yards rushing.

Operating against an injury-plagued Maryland team using a linebacker at quarterback, Florida State allowed 27 yards and three first downs before halftime and ended up giving up 170 yards -- well below their nation's best average of 242.9 per game.

Were it not for a 42-yard touchdown pass from Shawn Petty to Kevin Dorsey with 25 seconds left, the Seminoles would have held the opposition under 10 points for the sixth time in 11 games.

The defeat formally ended any chance Maryland had of becoming bowl eligible. The Terrapins (4-7, 2-5) have dropped five straight, the last three by a collective 119-37 score.

Maryland's skid coincides with the loss of its top four quarterbacks with season-ending injuries. Making his third straight start, Petty went 8 for 19 for 136 yards and two touchdowns but lost a fumble.

Any reasonable hope the Terrapins had of pulling off an upset vanished after the Seminoles scored two touchdowns in a 12-second span to take a 14-0 lead with less than six minutes elapsed.

Maryland won the toss, deferred and promptly yielded an 11-play, 61-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard run by Freeman. Levern Jacobs fumbled the subsequent kickoff, FSU recovered at the 10 and Manuel threw a first-down touchdown pass to tight end Nick O'Leary.

Late in the first quarter, Petty botched a handoff and the Seminoles recovered the fumble at the Maryland 32.

After 15 minutes, the Seminoles had a 111-18 advantage in total yardage. On the second play of the second quarter, Dustin Hopkins kicked a 26-yard field goal to make it 17-0 and set a Football Bowl Subdivision record for career points by a kicker (442). He added six more points to extend the mark to 448.

Florida State's next drive began with a 21-yard pass from Manuel to O'Leary and ended with a 40-yard field goal. Late in the half, Manuel directed a 70-yard march that ended with his 30-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene.

In the third quarter, Petty threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Dorsey on a fourth-down play. It was the final home game for Dorsey and 16 other Maryland seniors, all of whom never got the satisfaction of defeating a top-10 team.

Florida State went up 34-7 late in the third quarter. After Freeman ran for 47 yards on a third-and-1, he scored on the next play from the 2.

With Manuel and Freeman watching from the sideline, the Seminoles added a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 22-yard run by James Wilder Jr. 

Projected Maryland starter announces transfer via social media

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Projected Maryland starter announces transfer via social media

Maryland linebacker Abner Logan intends to transfer out of the program and expend his final year of college eligibility elsewhere, he announced via Instagram on Saturday. 

"I want to thank everyone that has stood by me and supported me throughout my career at Maryland," he wrote. "I especially want to acknowledge the unbelievable bond I've created with my brothers that will last a lifetime."

Logan, a native of Massachusetts, was a four-star recruit out of high school, rated as the 24th-best outside lineback in the country according to Rivals.com. He redshirted his first season at Maryland in 2012 and played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2013. 

In May 2014, Logan was placed on disciplinary probation. He appealed the ruling in October of that year and was cleared to play in the team's final seven games. He did not play in 2015 after tearing his ACL during preseason camp.

He was projected to be a starter for Maryland in the linebacking corps under new head coach DJ Durkin in 2016. 

Players who attain their degree with college eligibility still remaining can transfer to another institution and play immediately under the graduate transfer exemption. The linebacker's message on Instagram appears to reflect that the grad transfer route is part of his plan going forward.

Report: 4 Terps invited to 2016 NBA Draft Combine

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Report: 4 Terps invited to 2016 NBA Draft Combine

Four Maryland Terrapins are among the players who have been invited to the 2016 NBA Combine, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com and multiple other outlets. Those four are Robert Carter, Jr., Diamond Stone, Jake Layman, and Melo Trimble.

Carter and Stone both chose to forfeit their remaining college eligibility and sign with agents during the draft process, while Layman expended his four years of eligibility at Maryland and signed an agent. That leaves just Trimble with a decision to make after he chose to declare for the draft but chose not yet to hire an agent. 

The Combine takes place May 11-15 in Chicago. Trimble will have 10 days after that, until May 25, to decide whether he will remain in the draft or rescind his name and return to Maryland for his junior season. 

DraftExpress.com currently projects Trimble as the No. 36 overall pick in the draftt, meaning he is slated as a second-round pick.

Coaches, commits react on Twitter to 5-star's Maryland pledge

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Coaches, commits react on Twitter to 5-star's Maryland pledge

Thanks to a commitment from five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh of IMG Academy (Fla.), DJ Durkin has made one of the biggest recruiting splashes in recent program history and he has only been on the job for four months. 

In the immediate wake of the commitment, Maryland commits and coaches (in the fashion still permissable by the NCAA) made their feelings known on Twitter.

Defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim

Defensive line coach Mike London

Offensive coordinator Walt Bell

Strength coach Rick Court

Four-star DL commit Cam Spence

Four-star QB commit Kasim Hill