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Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
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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Maryland kicker Brad Craddock named second-team AP All-American

Maryland junior kicker Brad Craddock received his latest honor Tuesday as he was named a second-team Associated Press All-American.

Craddock, this year’s Lou Groza Award winner, is the first Terps player to be named an AP All-American since defensive lineman Joe Vellano in 2011.

Craddock already was named the Big Ten’s Kicker of the Year, and he was selected as a second-team All-American by USA Today and the Walter Camp Foundation.

The Australian-born Craddock is 18 of 19 on field-goal attempts this season, made a Maryland school-record 57-yard field goal against Ohio State on Oct. 4 and hit a go-ahead 43-yard field goal to lift the Terps to a 20-19 win over Penn State on Nov. 1.

His only miss came on a 54-yard attempt during Maryland’s regular-season finale against Rutgers.

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Stanford a sizable favorite over Maryland heading into Foster Farms Bowl

Maryland is a 14-point underdog heading into its matchup against Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl, according to ESPN.

While the Terps and Cardinal are both 7-5, Stanford is coming off of a 31-10 road win over then-No. 8 UCLA.

All five of Stanford’s losses came to ranked teams, and three of those losses came by a margin of just three points.

The Cardinal were also down just 24-16 late in the third quarter to College Football Playoff semifinalist Oregon before the Ducks pulled away to a 45-16 victory.

While Stanford is ranked a modest 74th nationally in total offense, the Cardinal are second in the country in total defense, sixth in sacks, seventh in pass defense and 11th in rush defense.

Stanford also has the advantage of playing at nearby Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco, which is only about a 35-minute drive from Stanford’s campus.

The Terps, however, are 5-1 on the road and should benefit from the return of junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs and senior outside linebacker Matt Robinson...

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Stefon Diggs tweets about Maryland football's hometown 'movement'
Terps rise to 17th in AP poll; Melo Trimble earns another Big Ten honor

The resurgence of the Maryland men’s basketball team and the emergence of freshman point guard Melo Trimble continued to gain recognition Monday.

The 10-1 Terps, who came from seven points down in the second half to beat USC-Upstate on Saturday, moved up two spots in both the Associated Press writers' poll (to No. 17) and the USA Today coaches' poll (to No. 20).

The AP ranking is Maryland's highest since the 2006-07 season.

Trimble, who became the first Maryland player to record a double-double this season with 14 points and a season-high 12 rebounds Saturday, was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week along with Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh.

Trimble was also named the conference's Freshman of the Week on Dec. 1, the same week he shared Player of the Week honors.

Maryland is off until Sunday, when the Terps face Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. The Terps open their inaugural Big Ten season Dec. 30 at No. 25 Michigan State.

The Terps and Spartans are two of four Big Ten teams ranked...

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