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Maryland cornerback Will Likely named to Bednarik Award watch list

Maryland cornerback Will Likely covers Old Dominion wide receiver Jakwail Bailey during a 2013 game.
Maryland cornerback Will Likely covers Old Dominion wide receiver Jakwail Bailey during a 2013 game. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Maryland sophomore cornerback Will Likely was among a group of players added to the watch list for the Bednarik Award on Wednesday.

The Bednarik Award is given annually to the top defensive player in college football.

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Through six games, Likely is fourth on the Terps with 42 tackles. He has three tackles for losses, a sack, a forced fumble, a team-high eight passes defended and three interceptions, including one he returned 88 yards for a touchdown against Syracuse.

Likely is tied for the Big Ten lead in interceptions per game and is tied for second in passes defended per game.

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Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Nov. 3.

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Maryland's three scout team players of the week were redshirt sophomore running back Joe Riddle (offense), redshirt freshman defensive end Kingsley Opara (defense) and redshirt freshman tight end Eric Roca (special teams). … The Terps will wear red jerseys with black pants and black helmets Saturday against Iowa. … Maryland inside linebacker Abner Logan has been cleared to play by the university, but Edsall said Logan remains on disciplinary probation until next April. Edsall also said Logan will be the top backup to L.A. Goree at one of the Terps' two inside linebacker spots. Logan will be on Maryland's kickoff coverage team as well as the Terps' punt return team, and Edsall said he could see Logan eventually being a starter on all four special teams units. "He stayed positive during that time" when he was suspended, Edsall said. "He did everything that he could do to help the team get better and continued to work on developing his game, which is what we want … and now he's back in the fold."

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