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Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
Notes on Terps football's updated depth chart and bowl game weather forecast

Maryland released an updated depth chart Monday in advance of its Foster Farms Bowl matchup with Stanford on Dec. 30.

Here are some observations:

** Cornerback Will Likely is still listed as the Terps' primary kick returner even with wide receiver Stefon Diggs set to return from a lacerated kidney he suffered against Penn State on Nov. 1. Likely has averaged 28 yards on 12 kick returns in three games since stepping in for Diggs.

** Freshman wide receiver Juwann Winfree is not listed on Maryland’s two-deep. Winfree is eligible to return after being suspended the final two games of the regular season due to a violation of the university’s student-athlete code of conduct.

** Senior Jake Wheeler and redshirt sophomore Michael Dunn are again listed as the starters at left and right tackle, respectively. Wheeler replaced Dunn at left tackle heading into Maryland’s game against Michigan on Nov. 15 and started the final two regular season games. Dunn was moved to right tackle and has started...

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Maryland football sends out pictures to local recruits to sell 'hometown movement'

Maryland's football program has been trying to sell local recruits from the next two recruiting classes on the idea of banding together and helping to create something special at their homestate school.

The Terps recently sent out pictures to those recruits, hoping to further excite local prospects about the potential of a “hometown movement.”

Each picture looks like a poster publicizing an upcoming show from the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary series.

At the top of the picture is a “30 for 30” logo that includes the title “The Movement” with the subtitle beneath it “#DMVtoUMD.”

Underneath the logo is a depiction of a group of Maryland players huddling. On the back of one of the jerseys is the name of the player the picture was sent to.

Here are some examples of the pictures as well as some of the reactions from players such as four-star Class of 2016 wide receiver Trevon Diggs (Avalon), four-star Class of 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins (Bullis), four-star Class of 2016 offensive lineman...

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After beating Oklahoma State, Terps climb to No. 15 in men's basketball polls

After beating Oklahoma State on the road Sunday, Maryland continued to move up in the polls Monday.

The Terps climbed two spots in the Associated Press writers' poll and three places in the USA Today coaches' poll, to No. 15 in both.

Mark Turgeon's team is now the second-highest ranked member of the Big Ten, behind Wisconsin (No. 6 in both polls). Ohio State dropped from No. 12 to No. 18 in the AP poll and to No. 21 in the USA Today poll after losing to North Carolina on Saturday.

Also, Terps junior forward Jake Layman was named the Big Ten's co-Player of the Week, with Indiana's Troy Williams. In Maryland's only game last week, Layman scored a team-high 21 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds in a 73-64 win over the Cowboys.

Senior guard Dez Wells likely will return for the Terps (11-1) in their next game Saturday against Oakland. Wells, the team's leading scorer the past two seasons, has been out since fracturing his right wrist in a win over then-No. 13 Iowa State on Nov...

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Stanford's Ty Montgomery 'slightly ahead of schedule' in recovery from shoulder injury

Stanford senior wide receiver Ty Montgomery is making progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for most of the Cardinal’s final two regular-season games, coach David Shaw said.

“Ty is slightly ahead of schedule right now,” Shaw told reporters last week. “I’m not sure that I’m ready to say that he’s going to play for sure, but he’s further along right now than we thought he’d be before the break, so we’ll get him a quick check and hopefully get him into practicing when we come back after Christmas.”

While his numbers are down from his junior season, ranks Montgomery as the eighth-best wide receiver prospect in next year’s NFL draft and projects he will be a second-round pick.

Montgomery, 6 feet 2, 220 pounds, has 61 catches for 604 yards and three touchdowns after catching 61 passes for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He also has run for 303 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries the last two years and is a weapon for Stanford on...

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In Dez Wells' absence, Jake Layman has stepped up to lead the Terps

In an age when one-and-done players are coveted and those who take time to develop on the college level are often scorned, Maryland junior Jake Layman is quietly beginning to show why he made the under-18 U.S. national team the summer before he came to College Park.

Layman's performance for the No. 17 Terps in Sunday’s 73-64 victory at Oklahoma State was arguably his best at Maryland: 21 points, including an incredible dunk down the lane to slow the Cowboys' comeback attempt, to go along with a career-high 11 rebounds and three steals.

On Monday, Layman was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week along with Indiana's Troy Williams.

It was the latest in a recent string of games that the 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward took over with a strong second half. And it showed how Layman has embraced the role of go-to guy in the absence of injured senior guard Dez Wells, who is expected to return Saturday after missing a month with a fractured wrist.

In fact, Layman’s 16-point second half at...

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Underrated before season, Terps now among Big Ten's best teams

Two months ago, the Maryland men’s basketball team was picked to finish 10th by a group of more than two dozen members of the media covering the Big Ten.

Trying not to get carried away with the hype surrounding freshman point guard Melo Trimble and the talk of improved chemistry coming out College Park, I picked them to finish seventh.

On Sunday, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams said before the Maryland-Oklahoma State game that the 17th-ranked Terps “are probably the second-best team in the Big Ten.”

After a 73-64 victory over the Cowboys at Gallagher-Iba Arena, there is little doubt that Mark Turgeon’s team is currently the second-best team in its new league.

You could make a case that they have accomplished more than any team in the Big Ten so far this season. And, given the development of its freshmen and the emergence of Jake Layman as a consistent scorer, the Terps potentially could be the best in the league by March.

Some of that has to do with the fact that two of...

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