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Maryland's Likely wins Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week Award

Maryland coach Randy Edsall congratulates Will Likely as he is taken out of the game in the fourth quarter.
Maryland coach Randy Edsall congratulates Will Likely as he is taken out of the game in the fourth quarter. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

COLLEGE PARK — Maryland cornerback Will Likely was named the Big Ten Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Tuesday for his performance in the Terps' 50-21 win over Richmond in their season opener.

Likely was also named to the Paul Hornung Award National Weekly Honor Roll.

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Likely set the Big Ten record for most punt return yards in a game with 233, breaking the previous record of 201 set by Iowa's Nile Kinnick in 1939. The mark is also a Maryland record.

The junior from Belle Glade, Fla., also added 63 kick return yards to finish the game with 296 all-purpose yards. Seven of his eight punt returns went for at least 15 yards and he scored a touchdown on a 67-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.

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The other Big Ten awards went to Ohio State's Braxton Miller (offense), Northwestern's Anthony Walker (defense) and Northwestern's Clayton Thorson (freshman). The other players on the Hornung honor roll were Miller, UCLA's Myles Jack and Ole Miss' Robert Nkemdiche. The Hornung Award is presented annually to college football's most versatile player and Likely was named to the award's watch list this summer.

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