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.
In Other News
No. 7 Maryland women’s basketball fell to no. 14 Ohio State last night. Here are Dylan’s takeaways.
Lila previewed men’s basketball’s upcoming game against No. 14 Wisconsin.
Lila and Matt shared updates from the Maryland men’s basketball press conference Tuesday.
"We're Maryland and there's a lot of pride in our program, and we know it and we feel it," Mark Turgeon says. "...We're not gonna roll over. We're gonna figure it out and compete."— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) January 26, 2021
Turgeon was noticeably more upbeat today than we have seen in pregame pressers all season.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) January 26, 2021
He noted how much of a challenge this season has been with a non-traditional lineup in addition to everything with the pandemic, but he seems confident in the direction Maryland is headed. https://t.co/35FtY00br1
Aaron Wiggins on Maryland's ability to pull away late against then-No. 6 Wisconsin on Dec. 28: "We were locked in on defense. If we're locked in tomorrow and come ready to play and just get good shots for our team on the offensive end, our defense will take care of things."— Matt Levine (@MattLevine__) January 26, 2021
Maryland HC Mark Turgeon says the Big Ten said in a meeting yesterday that facing the same team in back to backs at one site could be a possibility due to postponements.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) January 26, 2021
"I don't know if we're to that point yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if you see it moving forward." —Turgeon
Maryland forward Donta Scott shared his emotions a year removed from Kobe Bryant's death, which the team found out about mid celebration after a big win at Indiana last season: pic.twitter.com/lOPlP9AGes— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) January 26, 2021
Maryland women’s basketball’s Katie Benzan has been key to the Terps’ run into the top-10.
Katie Benzan is ☝ of ✌ players in the country to shoot 50/50/90 (FG% / 3FG% / FT%)— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@TerpsWBB) January 27, 2021
(via @herhoopstats)#FearTheTurtle x @katiekbenz pic.twitter.com/lLJMxKnLAZ
Maryland men’s lacrosse is ranked No. 2 in the nation in Inside Lacrosse’s preseason rankings.
Terps tabbed #️⃣2️⃣ on the @Inside_Lacrosse preseason top-20 list #BeTheBest pic.twitter.com/w9uxfOKkpw— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) January 26, 2021
Lizzie Colson and Jake Funk discussed the road to recovery after serious ACL injuries on The Line Up podcast.
meets @jakefunk34 joined @LizzieColson on this week’s The Line Up Podcast to discuss what it took to come back from two ACL tears en route to a phenomenal All-Big Ten season in 2020!— Maryland Women's Lacrosse (@MarylandWLax) January 26, 2021
Listen https://t.co/3uZLaGLZWJ pic.twitter.com/LqLRZ1df4a