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Maryland will cancel classes, clear campus in advance of Friday night football game vs. Penn State on Sept. 27

Maryland will cancel classes, clear campus in advance of Friday night football game vs. Penn State on Sept. 27
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley (9) runs in for a touchdown in front of Maryland's Antwaine Richardson (20) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (Chris Knight / AP)

In advance of the football team’s first Friday night game in the Big Ten, University of Maryland officials informed students, faculty, administrators and support staff of plans to alter class schedules and try to clear the campus as best as possible several hours before a scheduled 8 p.m. kickoff Sept. 27.

The game is expected to draw more than 50,000 fans to Maryland Stadium.

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According to an email sent out Monday, the university announced that non-lab classes beginning at or after noon will not be held in-person, and administrative leave to all nonessential employees will be granted beginning at noon. Some parking lots will open as early as 3 p.m.

“We are working with partners throughout the surrounding area to make special arrangements to provide additional parking, and we are hoping that the 8 p.m. start will help minimize the effect on Friday evening traffic patterns, but we believe that more accommodation is needed,” the email read.

The athletics department also created a website focused on the event, listing which parking lots open as early as 3 p.m. as well as gates opening at 6:30 p.m.

This marks the first Friday night game the Terps have played since joining the Big Ten.

Maryland was scheduled to play Northwestern on a Friday night in October 2017, but that game was pushed back a day after objections were raised by then second-year coach DJ Durkin, who said Friday nights should be the domain of high school teams in the area.

Brooks named to Nagurski watch list

Maryland senior defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr. is among the candidates on the preseason watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player.

Brooks, who was last week named to the Bednarik Award watch list, led the Terps with 9.5 tackles for loss on the way to being named second-team All-Big Ten during his junior season in 2018. Brooks ranked third on the team with 68 tackles in starting all 12 games last year.

In his sophomore season in 2017, Brooks led the Big Ten in tackles for loss (9.5) by a defensive back in regular season and led the Terps in solo tackles (53), while ranking second in total tackles (77). In his career, Brooks has tallied 103 solo tackles, 150 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss and three interceptions.

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