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Linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, the Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia, was undecided going and chose Maryland over Florida State. Wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, who had been committed to Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State since June, pulled a surprise by signing with the Terrapins instead.
Joe Krivak, who helped develop several future NFL quarterbacks at Maryland in the 1980s and went on to a five-year stint as the school's head coach, died Tuesday of leukemia. He was 77.
Seems like just yesterday Randy Edsall, Maryland's imperious football coach, was imposing his will on Danny O'Brien and two other players to keep them from transferring to Vanderbilt, where former Terps assistant James Franklin has been gaining traction.
Kevin Dorsey stretched in front of and facing his teammates on a mid-November afternoon, just as the senior wide receiver and Maryland's captains did all season.
Maryland's season arrived at its appointed conclusion early Saturday evening.
Maryland football coach Randy Edsall digested the prospect of the Terrapins moving from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten, a move that would fundamentally alter the approach his program takes moving forward.
The University of Maryland's decision to stay in the Atlantic Coast Conference or join the Big Ten comes down to tradition versus money.
Nestled in the second half of Saturday's blowout loss to Florida State was a lesson Maryland coach Randy Edsall could emphasize for some time to come.
There is no second-guessing for Kenneth Tate, no reason to dwell on the great "what if?" of the safety-turned-linebacker's career at Maryland.
Maryland's arduous November continues Saturday as No. 10 Florida State at Byrd Stadium, a meeting that could both serve as the Terrapins' last home game and clinch a losing season for the quarterback-starved team.
Three early fumbles by Maryland quarterback Shawn Petty ended whatever long-shot opportunity of an upset the Terps possessed against No. 10 Clemson in a 45-10 loss on Saturday.
That Maryland left Saturday's 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech with uncertainty about its offense hardly is unexpected. Its unusually injury-ravaged quarterback corps offers an obvious explanation.
Shawn Petty, the latest in Maryland's unexpectedly long line of quarterbacks, is not overly emotional. He also wasn't expected to play quarterback again after being recruited as a linebacker out of Greenbelt's Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
Caleb Rowe's first career start was alternately bumpy and slick, with one successful comeback and another rally cut short by an unwise decision.
Caleb Rowe's first start as Maryland's starting quarterback was mixed with both promise and frustration, though the freshman was insistent he was eager to learn and grow from the experience.
""The best thing for me do to is not react to it," he said.
"He's not one of those guys that was going to finger point or anything like that," Edsall said. "He just went about his business, and that's what you do. Good things always happen to good people. If you just keep working hard and doing the things people ask you to do and you'll get rewarded."