Will Likely breaks Big Ten's punt return record against Richmond
Maryland got off to a fast start in its season opener against Richmond, but cornerback Will Likely got off to the fastest of all. In the Terps’ 50-21 victory over the Spiders, the junior returned eight punts for 233 yards and a touchdown, breaking the conference’s record for punt return yardage set by Iowa legend Nile Kinnick in 1939. Likely had 296 all-purpose yards on 10 touches that game.
It kickstarted a season that would end with Likely winning the Big Ten’s newly created Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year award to honor the conference’s top returner. Likely finished the season averaging 17.7 yards per punt return with two touchdowns, and he also had a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown at Iowa on Oct. 31.
For the season, Likely averaged 118.8 all-purpose yards per game, while playing defense, offense and special teams by the end of the season. He sat out the season finale at Rutgers with an ankle injury.