College Sports

Maryland's Will Likely, Yannick Ngakoue earn AP All-Big Ten honors

Maryland cornerback Will Likely continued to garner postseason accolades Tuesday when he was named to the Associated Press All-Big Ten team as a first-team all-purpose player and a second-team cornerback.

Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was a second-team selection at defensive end.


Likely had a historic season and finished with 1,197 combined kick and punt return yards. He averaged 17.7 yards per punt return and had two returns for touchdowns, and he averaged 22 1/2 yards per kick return and had a 100-yard return for a touchdown against Iowa on Oct. 31.

Likely broke Nile Kinnick's 76-year-old Big Ten record with 233 punt return yards in the season opener against Richmond. He finished the season averaging 118.8 all-purpose yards per game.


The junior from Belle Glade, Fla., was previously named to the FWAA and USA Today All-America teams. He won the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year award from the Big Ten, and he was voted first-team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches.

Ngakoue, who declared for the NFL draft on Nov. 30, set Maryland's single-season sack record with 13 1/2 sacks. The record had stood for more than 30 years. Ngakoue had 38 tackles and 15 tackles for loss, and he set a career high with three sacks against Bowling Green on Sept. 12.

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott (offensive player of the year), Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib (defensive player of the year), Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers (newcomer of the year) and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz (coach of the year) all took home individual honors.