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Topic - Anthony Nixon
With the score tied at 26, Eagles senior Nate Freese was called upon to kick a 52-yard field goal. He missed — for the first time all year. But Maryland coach Randy Edsall requested a timeout an instant before the kick. The second try went right through the uprights as time expired.
When the Terrapins hit the field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, they will do so with sixth-year senior C.J. Brown back under center. It is a welcome turn of events for a team that foundered to a 4-8 record, thanks in no small part to ACL injuries that felled Brown and his backups, Perry Hillis, Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe.
Dexter McDougle's unexpected odyssey around Memorial Stadium took him from the goal line to one sideline and then the other, a Clemson missed field goal the impetus for the junior cornerback's way-too-long run.
Safety Anthony Nixon figured he would redshirt his first year.
"As personal protector on punt, it's like you're the quarterback for the punt team, so you have to know all the protections," Nixon said. "It's the same thing as safety on defense. You have to call out all the receivers and what you see."
"I always wanted to start," Nixon said. "I'm glad it came kind of early."