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Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
One-time Terps commit Ulric Jones orally commits to South Carolina

Butler Community College defensive lineman Ulric Jones, a Maryland target, orally committed to South Carolina on Wednesday.

Jones announced his pledge on Twitter.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Jones, a Mississippi State commit coming out of high school, orally committed to Maryland in November.

However, Jones said Terps coaches wanted him to take an official visit to Maryland before officially committing.

Jones made his official visit to Maryland this past weekend, but the Oxford, Miss., native decided to commit to South Carolina.

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Randy Edsall lays out Terps' bowl week schedule

The buildup to the Foster Farms Bowl for Maryland will include practice and normal game-week responsibilities. The Terps will also have an opportunity to enjoy different aspects of San Francisco in advance of the game, which will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Dec. 30.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall on Wednesday disclosed the Terps’ non-football-related bowl week schedule.

Here is a rundown:

Dec. 25: The Terps are scheduled to arrive in San Francisco and have a welcome dinner.

Dec. 27: Maryland will visit Alcatraz Island.

Dec. 28: The team will help at St. Anthony’s, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, housing, meals, medical care, clothing, furniture, rehabilitation services and senior services. The Terps will then have dinner at Perry’s San Francisco before taking a cable car tour around the city.

Dec. 29: Maryland has a luncheon and will attend a pep rally.

“It’s good. They have a few things, but they don’t overload you, which I think is important,”...

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Three Terps football seniors to play in East-West Shrine Game

Three Maryland senior football players have accepted invitations to the East-West Shrine Game — inside linebacker Cole Farrand, nose tackle Darius Kilgo and wide receiver Deon Long.

The East-West Shrine Game is considered the second-most prominent postseason All-Star game and provides a great opportunity for players to showcase their skills in front of NFL teams in advance of the NFL draft.

The game will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 17. 

Farrand leads the Terps with 111 tackles despite missing most of two games due to injury. A three-year starter, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Farrand averaged a Big Ten-best 11.9 tackles per game during conference play.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Kilgo, another three-year starter, has 41 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, two sacks, a blocked kick and three fumble recoveries. Kilgo is considered by many analysts to be the top draft prospect among Maryland’s seniors and a potential mid-to-late round draft pick.

Long, a former...

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Terps' Stefon Diggs undecided on declaring for NFL draft, Randy Edsall says

Maryland junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs is in the process of deciding whether to forgo his final season with the Terps and declare for the 2015 NFL draft, coach Randy Edsall said Wednesday.

Edsall said he has reached out to NFL general managers and other personnel to gather feedback on Diggs. The coach said he has also requested an evaluation from the NFL draft advisory committee, which will offer a projection of where Diggs would get drafted if he does declare.

Edsall said he will meet with Diggs and the receiver’s mother after compiling all of that information, will make a recommendation and then wait for Diggs to decide whether to declare.

“Ultimately, Stefon and his family have to make the decision that they feel like is best for him,” Edsall said. “This is something I’ve done with other young men, and I think it’s the right thing to do because this is all about the student-athlete. So we’ll see where he is, and then he’ll end up making a decision on whether he’s going to stay...

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Scouting Stanford, Maryland's Foster Farms Bowl opponent

Maryland coaches have begun constructing their game plan for their Foster Farms Bowl matchup with Stanford, schemes they hope put the Terps in position to upset the heavily favored Cardinal.

While Stanford is a modest 7-5, all five of the team's losses came against ranked opponents, with three of the defeats coming by a three-point margin.

Despite being without top offensive weapon Ty Montgomery, the Cardinal won, 31-10, at No. 8 UCLA in their regular season finale Nov. 28.

Here is an early look at Stanford in advance of the game, which will be played Dec. 30 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California:

OFFENSE

Stanford is led by senior quarterback Kevin Hogan, a McLean, Va., native and Gonzaga College (D.C.) graduate who is in his third season as a starter. While the Cardinal are ranked just 87th nationally in scoring offense, Hogan has thrown 37 touchdowns against only 18 interceptions the past two seasons, and he is completing 65.7 percent of his passes this year. Hogan was 16 of...

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Maryland football regular-season superlatives

Maryland's football team completed its regular season on Nov. 29 and is not practicing this week as players complete their final exams. That makes this a good time to hand out some regular-season superlatives.

The Terps, who are set to play Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 30, finished the regular season 7-5, including 4-4 in Big Ten play.

Most valuable player: Sophomore cornerback Will Likely

The Belle Glade, Fla., native was a consistent difference-maker and game-changer for the Terps on both defense and special teams. Likely leads the Big Ten with six interceptions and has returned two for touchdowns — one that helped Maryland beat Syracuse, 34-20, on Sept. 20 and another that was key in the Terps’ 38-31 win over Iowa on Oct. 18.

Likely also had a game-tying 69-yard punt return for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of Maryland’s 40-37 loss to West Virginia on Sept. 13, and he averaged 28 yards per kick return after taking over the role from an injured Stefon Diggs late...

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