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The eyes of Maryland are on Texas as Terps get ready for preseason practice

The eyes of Maryland are on Texas as Terps get ready for preseason practice

A year ago, the lead-up to the first Maryland football game had everything to do with the team’s new coach, DJ Durkin, and not its first opponent.

As the Terps get ready for the start of preseason practice next week in College Park, the focus is no longer on their 39-year-old coach but on their 124-year-old opening game opponent.

Though Texas is coming off a 5-7 season compared with the 6-7 record Maryland put together in Durkin’s debut, a road game in Austin has a completely different ring — and feel — to it than a home game against Howard.

“I think obviously our players have a great understanding of the tradition, the level of talent on the roster at Texas,” Durkin...

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