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Maryland Minute 8.6.14 - Terps to surprise Big Ten East?

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The B1G Network warns not to sleep on the Terps this fall, Yannick Ngakoue is maturing fast, and Terps get positive reinforcement from the NY Jets organization.

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Football:

Countdown to kickoff: East suprise team?
Two out of three pundits peg the Terps as the surprise team in the B1G East.  Maryland could be the 3rd best team in the division, and  "from a talent standpoint, the Terps are loaded."

Matt Robinson on Yannick Ngakoue: ‘He’s definitely really maturing’
Most attention has been paid to other position battles, such as tight end, offensive guard/tackle, and running back.  The Terps linebacking core is strong, and Yannick Ngakoue could challenge Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil for his starting spot.  According to the Sun's Matt Zenitz, Ngakoue put Damien Prince on his back during one-on-one drills today.

New York Jets Release First Depth Chart - Gang Green Nation
Dexter McDougle is already a second-team cornerback for the Jets. [Pete]

Former Maryland OT Bruce Campbell Signs With Jets
The former 4th round pick could see significant time given how thin the Jets are along the offensive line.

Other Maryland news:

Q&A with Maryland lacrosse coach John Tillman -- Part 1
The Baltimore Sun asks coach Tillman about the recent departure of Ryan Moran (offensive coordinator) for the same position with Loyola.

Sarunas Jasikevicius Retires
Sarunas Jasikevicius, an international basketball legend and former Terp, is retiring from playing at 38 years old. He will coach for Zalgiris. [Pete]

Where Does Maryland Rank in Merchandise Sales?
43rd, good for eighth in the Big Ten. [Pete]

Shawne Merriman weighs in on Terps, his wrestling future and more - baltimoresun.com
The Sun's Matt Zenitz catches up with the former Terrapin star. [Pete]

College Football news:

Commitment! Myles Robinson - Streaking The Lawn
The Good Counsel prospect had not been offered by Maryland, but was a potential backup target at cornerback. [Pete]

Commitment! Kareem McDonald! - Streaking The Lawn
Another local prospect (without a Maryland offer) that was a potential backup option for the Terps pledges to the Cavaliers. [Pete]

Offensive Tackle Patrick Allen Commits To The 'Dawgs. - Dawg Sports
Allen was never really a big-time target for the Terps, but he's a stud local lineman with tremendous size.

2014 Heisman Trophy odds for 29 players, led by Winston and Mariota - SBNation.com
Stefon Diggs is not included. Maryland opponents Braxton Miller, Melvin Gordon, Connor Cook and Christian Hackenberg are. [Pete]