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New Maryland football coach DJ Durkin says he's 'straightforward and honest'

New Maryland football coach DJ Durkin says he's 'straightforward and honest'

DJ Durkin played his entire junior season of high school football with a shredded ligament in his left knee — and didn't even know it until he went in for an unrelated surgery and the doctor told him.

"It had just disintegrated. But he kept playing, never went down," recalled Durkin's father, Daniel. "He's always been very driven."

The younger Durkin, officially introduced Thursday as the University of Maryland's new football coach, can't tell you exactly how he inherited his absurd energy or his obliviousness to difficulty. He's just always been that way. And he believes that above all, a man must be himself as he puts a stamp on the...

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