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MM 1.27 Maryland football sees several new changes to coaching staff

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

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Maryland football’s offseason shuffle continued yesterday as multiple reports shed light on the fifth change to the coaching staff in recent months.

Most significantly, defensive coordinator Jon Hoke will reportedly leave the college game to join the NFL ranks, ESPN’s Tom Pelissero reporting that he’ll join the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive backs coach.

Though he struggled in his season, Hoke's defensive scheme proved to be fruitful for the Terps in 2020, lowering the team’s yards allowed averages and netting him a Broyles Award nomination in recognition of his work. It makes sense he’s been hired to work with defensive backs as Maryland STATS FROM MY TWITTER HERE

Also on Tuesday, wide receivers coach Joker Phillips was reported to have accepted the same position at NC State. Though he isn’t technically a coach, director of recruiting operations Taylor Edwards is also reportedly making the jump to the SEC at South Carolina.

All of this news comes amid an offseason of change for the program. Head coach Mike Locksley replaced offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery with Dan Enos, a former Miami coordinator who served as an associate head coach for Cincinnati last season. Most notable about Enos is his history with the Tagovailoa family, as he coached current Miami Dolphins and former Alabama quarterback Tua during his 2018 stint with the Crimson Tide’s offense. Taulia, Tua’s little brother, started four games under center for the Terps last season.

George Helow, Maryland’s former special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach accepted a job at Michigan this month as well. A former Division I football player himself, Helow will be a safeties coach under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Both Helow and former wide receivers coach Phillips are expected to see hefty increases in their salaries, per to the USA Today College Football Assistant Coaching Database.

Maryland also parted ways with offensive line coach John Reagan earlier in the offseason.

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