Maryland defensive back Denzel Conyers announces he's received a fifth year of eligiblity

Maryland defensive back Denzel Conyers, whose senior year was cut short by a torn ACL three games into the 2016 season, announced Friday on Twitter that he has received another year of eligibility from the NCAA.

“Prayers went up, and blessings came down. #Thankful #TrulyFavored,” Conyers tweeted.

Conyers, who started at safety for the Terps in DJ Durkin’s first season as coach, was injured during the team’s 30-24 double-overtime victory at Central Florida.

The return of Conyers adds experience to a secondary that lost cornerbacks William Likely III and Alvin Hill to graduation.

A junior college transfer in 2015, Conyers made a career-high eight tackles, including seven solo tackles, against Central Florida. The return of Conyers will allow Durkin to bring four-star prospect Markquese Bell along a little more slowly. Bell is currently enrolled and practicing with the Terps.

The injury to Conyers occurred a little more than a month after he was involved in what he described as a “scary” fall during preseason practice when he collided with a teammate and landed helmet first on the turf. He was taken to a Baltimore hospital with a concussion.

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