Maryland Football’s Future: Ferocious or Flashy?

By Joe Foley

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Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin has some choices ahead regarding his team’s future and identity. (Photo credit: Greg Fiume/UMTerps.com)

Maryland football looks like a rejuvenated program behind first-year head coach D.J. Durkin.

The Terps may not win the Big Ten anytime soon, but there are some encouraging signs moving forward: a top-20 recruiting class in 2017, the transformation of Cole Field House into a $155 million state-of-the-art practice facility and what looks like a head coach that is here to stay. However, what isn’t as clear is how this will translate to the field. Maryland needs to find its identity to become a true Division I powerhouse, and to do so it will need to go in one of two directions. These two options are reflected by the contrasting styles of their two current quarterbacks. Continue reading “Maryland Football’s Future: Ferocious or Flashy?”

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Is NCAA’s Substitution Rule Affecting College Soccer?

By Sebastian Obando

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Maryland’s women’s soccer in action. (Photo credit: WoodleyWonderWorks)

With Maryland leading San Diego 2-0 with less than 20 minutes remaining in the second half, San Diego’s head coach Seamus McFadden made a late substitution. The sub was McFadden’s seventh change of the game, a move that would not have been allowed professionally.

In NCAA soccer, coaches are allowed 11 substitutions per game. The unique aspect to the NCAA sub rule is if a player is substituted in the first half, the coach must wait until the second half to put that player back onto the field, and each player is allowed only one reentry per game. Following FIFA rules, coaches are allowed only three substitutions per game and there’s no reentry.

“The liberal substitution rule is almost a necessary evil in college soccer because of the compressed schedule and the lack of rested recovery in between games,” Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “[Reducing number of subs] would actually increase the number of injury to an astronomical level.” Continue reading “Is NCAA’s Substitution Rule Affecting College Soccer?”

Melo Trimble’s junior year will make or break his NBA career

By Peter Hailey

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Maryland junior point guard Melo Trimble addresses the press (Photo courtesy of Melo Trimble, via Instagram)

Melo Trimble’s first name is a homophone for a word that means easygoing and relaxed. However, for the junior point guard with NBA aspirations, he can’t afford to be laid back in what’s shaping up to be a huge season, and one that will go a long way in determining his future.

Trimble averaged 16.2 points and three assists a night during a sterling freshman year for an upstart Maryland squad. The Upper Marlboro native also shot 41 percent from three-point range and asserted himself as one of the sport’s brightest young players. Continue reading “Melo Trimble’s junior year will make or break his NBA career”

Kaepernick: Hot-Button QB

By Jojo Dominick

We asked two members of our team to write columns giving their opinion of Colin Kaepernick’s protest of The Star Spangled Banner. 

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (Photo Credit: Seatacular/Creative Commons)

On August 14, 2016, Colin Kaepernick decided to sit during the singing of the national anthem.

This latter gained tons of attention, which sent both positive and negative feelings throughout the country.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said.

While many may disagree, I agree with what Colin Kaepernick has done and is continuing to do. Continue reading “Kaepernick: Hot-Button QB”

Kaepernick: Right message, wrong platform

By George Gerbo

We asked two members of our team to write columns giving their opinion of Colin Kaepernick’s protest of The Star Spangled Banner. 

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (Photo Credit: Seatacular/Creative Commons)

I don’t like Colin Kaepernick.

That’s not because of anything he’s done lately, though. It’s because I watched in-person from the last row of Candlestick Park as the fleet-footed quarterback ran roughshod over my Green Bay Packers in the 2013 NFC Divisional Round.

From that game, Kaepernick became a star, leading the San Francisco 49ers to back-to-back NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl berth. He’s made more of a name for himself now as QB2 (now QB1 again) on a bad Niners team because of his decision to not stand for the national anthem before games.

I keep hearing that Colin Kaepernick, as a citizen of the United States, is free to exercise his right to protest the national anthem. That’s true. Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the 49ers and employee of the National Football League, however, only has that right because Roger Goodell hasn’t taken it away. Continue reading “Kaepernick: Right message, wrong platform”

Former Terps catching their way to NFL stardom

By Anirudh Sridhar

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Former Maryland standout Stefon Diggs in action for the Minnesota Vikings (Photo courtesy of Stefon Diggs, via Instagram)

Since the 2006 NFL Draft, the Maryland Terrapins have produced numerous NFL players, especially players with tremendous catching abilities at the wide receiver and tight end positions. The list includes Vernon Davis, Torrey Smith, and most recently, Stefon Diggs.

The trend began in the first round of the 2006 draft when the San Francisco 49ers selected Vernon Davis with the sixth overall pick. Davis was named to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2013 and was a part of the 49ers’ Super Bowl run in 2012. He was traded at the tail end of the 2015 season to the Denver Broncos and won a ring with the team in Super Bowl 50. Continue reading “Former Terps catching their way to NFL stardom”