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Tracking the Terps

Tracking the Terps News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
Maryland's pass rush tries to return to form at Rutgers

In a season that has been rife with inconsistency on both sides of the ball, one constant for Maryland has been its pass rush. The Terps have 35 sacks this season, a mark that ranks second in the Big Ten Conference, and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has 13 1/2 to set the program’s single-season record.

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Report: Michigan DC D.J. Durkin a strong candidate for Maryland football coach

Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has emerged as a strong candidate for the Maryland head coaching job, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Durkin, 37, has been interviewed recently by Maryland officials, who came away impressed, the website reported. A spokesman for Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson declined comment Wednesday.

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What Maryland's Mike Locksley is thankful for this week

On Thursday, families across the country will come together for their Thanksgiving meals, as will members of the Maryland football team.

Wide receiver D.J. Moore, a freshman, said his mother plans to visit from Philadelphia. Defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson is in charge of making macaroni and cheese for his family’s dinner.

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Not bothered by coming off the bench, Terps' Damonte Dodd key in Cancun win

Damonte Dodd showed his character when he didn’t complain after losing his starting job to freshman Diamond Stone late in the preseason, telling Maryland coach Mark Turgeon that it wasn’t that important to be on the court at the beginning of games.

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Terps freshman Ivan Bender suspended

Maryland freshman forward Ivan Bender did not make the trip to the Cancun Challenge because of an NCAA eligibility issue, an athletic department spokeswoman said Tuesday.

According to the spokeswoman, Bender was suspended a total of six games — the first three at home, the two the No. 2 Terps will play in Mexico as well as Saturday’s home game against Cleveland State.

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North Carolina's Marcus Paige might be ready for Maryland game

The matchup between Maryland and North Carolina might have lost some of its luster after the then-No. 1 Tar Heels lost at Northern Iowa on Saturday and dropped eight spots in the Associated Press media poll.

But the matchup of potential Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble and North Carolina senior Marcus Paige, both All-American point guards, might happen when the No. 2 Terps play in Chapel Hill on Dec.

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