The Emergence of Lorenzo Harrison

By Liam Beatus

 

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True freshman Lorenzo Harrison has been a revelation this season for the Terps. (Photo credit: Gill Vesely)

As a true freshman, the expectations were not set too high for Lorenzo Harrison. Entering the season, he was still behind incumbent backs Ty Johnson, Kenneth Goins Jr. and Wes Brown, but through seven weeks of the season it is the true freshman from Hyattsville who leads the team in carries (88), and rushing touchdowns (5) and is second in rushing yards (633).

“He’s been tremendous,” head coach DJ Durkin said. “I think numbers don’t even really tell the story about the type of effort he’s playing with, the competitiveness he’s playing with.”

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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”

Terps football: where are the fans?

By Jack Chavez

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Maryland’s homecoming game crowd was disappointingly low (Photo credit: John McGinnis)

Early in the fourth quarter of the Maryland Terrapins’ homecoming evening matchup against the Michigan State Spartans, the home team was down by three and driving. Sophomore running back Ty Johnson had just rattled off consecutive rushes of 44 and 18 yards to put the Terps at the Spartans’ 3-yard line. The Terps were in perfect position to snatch the lead late in the game. It was a pivotal moment during a primetime game against an opponent with a marquee name, and the crowd was loud and engaged—at least those who were there.

The first dozen or so rows along the field were mostly filled, with some stretches of empty seats visible behind them. But if you looked up a little higher—to the upper deck—the sight was bleak: entire columns of rows along either end completely bare. Empty silver benches, some stretching from end zone to midfield, clearly outnumbered the few clusters of spectators sporadically dispersed across the upper deck. Continue reading “Terps football: where are the fans?”

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”

Brotherhood, toughness and good choices

By Faye Curran

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Maryland lacrosse captain Isaiah Davis-Allen describes his team as like a family (Photo Credit: UMTerps.com)

Everyone has that turning point, that moment in which a split-second decision separates you from success or from failure. For some, that moment can define which life path you take. For senior short stick defensive midfielder and captain of the Maryland lacrosse team Isaiah Davis-Allen, that moment has come more than once in his life.

Davis-Allen arguably had one of the most difficult losses in his family: the loss of his mother. His mother was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer when he was a senior in high school and she died before he got to college. Continue reading “Brotherhood, toughness and good choices”