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Matt Barnes has come full circle as Maryland football’s linebackers coach

Welcome to the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

In many ways, Matt Barnes was the perfect candidate to become DJ Durkin’s linebackers coach at Maryland.

Barnes is a local product. He played fullback and safety at Urbana High School, where he was all-conference twice. He transferred to Salisbury after one year at Georgetown.

Barnes also has spent much of his coaching career with Durkin. Barnes reported directly to Durkin as a special teams graduate assistant at Florida, then followed him to Michigan, where he served as a defensive analyst. When Durkin got the Maryland job, he brought Barnes along and gave him his first position coaching job.

“He’s taught me to have a sense of urgency and to give attention to detail,” Barnes told Delmarva Now. “All of the little things matter. Football is more about coaching character before you get into scheme.”

One win into the season, Barnes is impressed with what his linebackers group has accomplished.

“We have some physical guys, that hasn’t been an issue,” Barnes said. “We’re very multiple on defense so we’ll play a variety of fronts. I’ve been impressed with how much work the linebackers have put in on football outside of football time. They all tend to work together. We have a 750-page playbook and they have done a great job of picking that stuff up.”

In other news

After examining every pass Perry Hills threw, I can confidently say that he did what Maryland asked of him against Howard.

Here’s The Diamondcack’s Callie Caplan on Shane Cockerille, who finally got to play linebacker in a game against Howard.

Ahmed Ghafir of InsideMdSports has an early look at Maryland’s next opponent: Florida International.

Previously: Five things from Maryland’s win over Howard.

For no particular reason, here’s Melvin Keihn getting right on into Howard’s backfield to make a tackle. Howard thought it could get away with not blocking him on a dive up the middle.


Enjoy your Tuesday.