BY VINNIE DUBER, CSNCHICAGO.COM
There aren’t many players who hold the importance of Braxton Miller.
It might sound strange, bestowing this kind of meaning on one quarterback. But through that college football prism, Miller’s Monday-night injury — the one that reports say could knock him out for the entire season — could be as big as they come.
Of course, the first thought is what the loss of Miller would mean to Ohio State. Putting it lightly, it would mean a heck of a lot. Miller is the Buckeyes’ best player, the two-time reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and a back-to-back top-10 finisher in voting for the Heisman Trophy. He was the only player on a Power 5 conference team to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for another 1,000 yards last season.
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Former four-star cornerback J.C. Jackson will enroll at Maryland and be immediately eligible to play for the Terrapins in 2016, according to a report from 247Sports.com.
Coming out of the high school class of 2014, Jackson as the 21st-best player in the country at his position and the No. 243 overall player in the nation according to Rivals.com.
He signed with Florida and redshirted his freshman season. In April 2015, he was charged with three felony counts of armed robbery and another felony charge of burglary stemming from an alleged home invasion in Florida.
In Nov. 2015, Jackson was found not guilty on all four charges. He did not return to play for the Gators, instead transferring to Riverside CC (Calif.).
Maryland head coach DJ Durkin is the former defensive coordinator at Florida. He served on the program's staff from 2010-14.
Maryland is losing three starters in its secondary from 2015, with senior Will Likely being the only featured player returning. That lack of depth figures to give Jackson an opportunity to start in 2016.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and incoming freshman guard Kevin Huerter will return home from Chile with gold medals after Team USA's 99-84 victory over Canada in the championship game of the U18 FIBA Americas title on Saturday night.
Turgeon served on the team's staff as an assistant. Huerter contributed throughout the tournament, including finishing as the team's leading scorer in a victory over Chile.
"It was an extremely great feeling to win and be on the podium with my teammates as champions," Huerter said in a release. "It was a great experience. We played in front of great crowds and were able to overcome adversity against great teams."
Huerter, a 6-6 guard who can play both backcourt positions, figures to be a contributor for Maryland in 2016-17. His outside shooting stroke should allow him to slot seamlessly into Turgeon's well-spaced scheme.
Turgeon served on the Team USA staff with Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie and Texas head coach Shaka Smart.
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Four-star offensive lineman Marcus Minor of DeMatha Catholic (Md.) has trimmed his list to seven schools and Maryland is among them, he announced via Twitter on Saturday.
The Terrapins are joined by Auburn, Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida, Rutgers, and Michigan State.
At 6-4, 285 pounds, Rivals.com ranks Minor as the No. 37 player in the country at his position.
Maryland has made it a priority to improve its offensive line since coming into the Big Ten, beginning with former head coach Randy Edsall and now continuing under DJ Durkin.
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