Maryland football: Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley gets three-year extension

Rob Carr

The deal will pay $600,000 per year, through January 2017.

All three of Maryland's major football coaching positions are set to expire at the same time, as offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has been given a three-year extension, CBS's Feldman is reporting.

The deal will pay $600,000 per year, Feldman says, which will make him one of the highest-paid coordinators in the Big Ten. It will expire in January 2017, with Randy Edsall and Brian Stewart. From the report:

The 44-year-old Locksley, who doubles as the Terps QB coach, helped Maryland to a 7-6 record despite more devastating injuries. Locksley directed a Terrapin offense that eclipsed the 3,000-yard passing mark for only the fourth time in program history and the first time since the 1994 season. The Terps averaged 14.05 yards per completion in 13 games, the 16th-highest average nationally among FBS programs despite losing two of the country's better receivers.

That may be a rosy look on it, but Locksley has done a solid job turning a Maryland offense around that looked anemic under his predecessor, Gary Crowton. While the play at the quarterback and running back positions has been anything but consistent (and the offensive line play has been even worse), the wide receivers rank among the tops in the nation, and we just have to wait and see what he can do with a healthy team.

Locksley is better known as a top recruiter, and can be considered accountable for bringing in five-star talents like Stefon Diggs and Damian Prince, as well as four-star local players like Derwin Gray, Wes Brown and Jesse Aniebonam. Locksley's son, Kai, is a top quarterback prospect in the class of 2014. The 247sports recruiter rankings considered him the top recruiter in the entire Big Ten.

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