Maryland senior running back Ty Johnson is a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award. Johnson, also named to the Maxwell Award watch list earlier in the week, led the Terps and ranked eighth in the Big Ten with 875 rushing yards in 2017. During his junior season, Johnson averaged 6.4 yards per carry, which ranked third in the conference, and his 132.7 all-purpose yards per game average was fourth best in the league. ... Senior offensive lineman Brendan Moore is among the candidates on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is presented to the nation's most outstanding center. Moore, who has been named on the watch list for the third consecutive year, is one of five centers from the Big Ten on this year's list.



Garden hired to coachSeverna Park field hockey

Shannon Garden, a longtime coach and umpire, added to her field hockey resume when she was hired as the head coach at Severna Park in late June. Garden, a Davidsonville resident, spent the past 18 years coaching field hockey at various levels, including the last eight as an assistant to Leslee Brady at Archbishop Spalding. "I felt like I was ready to take on my own program after so many years as an assistant," Garden said. "They really needed somebody and I thought I could be that somebody." Garden takes over for Ann Andrews, whose contract was not renewed following the 2017 season. The Falcons won the Class 4A East Region title and were preparing for the state semifinal, but were removed from the tournament after all players and coaches were suspended for a game following a school investigation that uncovered some of the players' participation in a neighborhood prank. Andrews, who coached the Falcons for seven years, led the team to state titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Severna Park has won a state-record 32 region titles, while its 23 state titles is also a state record.

— Bob Hough, Baltimore Sun Media Group


Coppin grad Griffin earnspromotion at Penn State

Baltimore native and Coppin State graduate Jemel Griffin was promoted to assistant athletic director by Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour (Severn). Entering his fifth year with the Nittany Lions , Griffin oversees the day-to-day management and operation of the football program, its administrative staff and the football budget. He serves as the program's primary liaison with the administration.

Horse racing: Godolphin homebred Elsa, a juvenile daughter of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom , made her much-anticipated race debut an impressive one with a 3¾-length victory in Friday's featured third race at Laurel Park . Ridden by Sheldon Russell for trainer Michael Stidham, Elsa ($9) cruised to the wire in 1:02.74 for 5½ furlongs over a firm turf course in the $40,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies.

From Sun staff and news services