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Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
Ex-Terps star Walt Williams talks about Dez Wells' return from injury

Nearly a quarter-century ago, Maryland basketball star Walt Williams was in a similar situation that the team’s current stat, Dez Wells, has faced this season.

In 1990-91, Williams missed more than a month of his junior year with a broken leg. Wells, who has missed a month of his senior year with a fractured wrist, is expected to return for Saturday’s home game against Oakland.

While many of the circumstances are different – the injuries, time of the season when the two were hurt, the state of the program and the talent surrounding each of the players – the man once known as “The Wizard” said the approach should be the same for Wells.

“The thing that you have to do is not put pressure on yourself to perform to [immediately at] the degree when you left,” said Williams, who is now Maryland’s sideline radio reporter for its home games.

“The [1990-91] team had formed a way that they were playing and they were successful with it, and I didn’t want to come and disrupt that. What I wanted to...

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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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Previewing the Foster Farms Bowl with a Stanford football reporter

As we've done all season, we preview Maryland's final football game of 2014 with a beat reporter who covers the Terps' opponent in the Foster Farms Bowl.

This week, we traded emails with Tom FitzGerald, who covers Stanford for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Be sure to check out more of Tom's work here before the Terps and Cardinal kick off Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

TRACKING THE TERPS: Before we get to the football, give us a scouting report on this bowl and the new stadium in Santa Clara. It may be a virtual home game for Stanford, but it’s also going to be a desirable holiday getaway for a bunch of Terps fans. Any hot spots they should hit while they’re out there?

TOM FITZGERALD: Lots of nice restaurants at Santana Row in San Jose. Orenchi Ramen in Santa Clara is a very popular Japanese restaurant. For geeks, there's the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. In Palo Alto, Evvia is the hottest restaurant; hard reservation to get. Old Pro is a great...

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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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