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Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
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.

His 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.

It was merely 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 Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday was reminiscent of the scoring runs Wells has had after halftime during...

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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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As Big Ten struggles continue, Terps hope to avoid trend vs. Oklahoma State

In automotive terms, Big Ten basketball in the last few seasons has been the steady, reliable car that you rarely had to take in for repairs.

Considering that the last Big Ten team to win a national championship was Maryland -- as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference -- in 2002, it wasn’t the flashiest or fastest car on the college basketball landscape.

Just very solid and dependable.

But in a season when Big Ten cars, uh, teams, have had a number of embarrassing mishaps, Saturday might have been the day when the manufacturers finally sent out the recall notices. Michigan continues to gush oil. Michigan State showed how it couldn’t play without one of its major parts broken. And you might want to check Ohio State’s VIN to see if the Buckeyes are really who they claim to be.

Is Maryland the next team from the Big Ten to find itself being towed back to the shop?

It’s interesting that the No. 17 Terps, one of only two Big Ten teams to have beaten a ranked opponent this season, are 7...

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Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

In this week's recruiting roundup, the Terps try to land their very own Kobe.

Football recruiting

-- Former Class of 2015 defensive line commit Ulric Jones switched his pledge to South Carolina on Wednesday.

-- Junior-college defensive lineman target Drew Bailey, who visited Maryland this month, committed Sunday to Louisville.

-- Class of 2016 offensive lineman target Sean Foster reportedly was offered by Maryland.

-- Class of 2015 quarterback commit Gage Shaffer was named Class AA first-team all-state in West Virginia.

-- Class of 2015 offensive line commit Ellis McKennie was an All-Metro first-team selection.

-- Class of 2015 defensive line commit Keiron Howard was named

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InsideMDSports: After dominating in Baltimore, new Terps target Kobe Eubanks has offer

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In November, Class of 2015 shooting guard Kobe Eubanks reopened his recruitment. His phone hasn't stopped ringing since.

Eubanks, who originally committed to Baylor as a Class of 2014 prospect before academic issues pushed him into a prep year and led him to decommit, has heard from Maryland, Louisville, Michigan, Connecticut, Kansas, Oregon, Georgia, Providence, UCLA, USC and more in less than a month's time. Most of them called him as soon as he announced his decision, and they've continued to be in his ear. But Eubanks is enjoying the process the second time around.

“Very, very, very good," he said when asked how his recruitment has been going. "My phone’s been ringing off the hook, but I’m not doing nothing but embracing it and let it motivate me to push harder.”

Eubanks has seen his game reach another level since taking a prep year. He...

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