Maryland football had two of its former players, tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo and safety Nick Cross, open some eyes at the NFL scouting combine, specifically in the 40-yard dash.
Okonkwo, the Terps’ leading tight end in 2021, finished the 40-yard dash with a top time of 4.52 seconds. That mark was the fastest out of any tight end that participated. The tight end was listed as 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds during this past season at Maryland.
He finished last season as an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection after collecting 52 receptions and 447 yards along with five receiving touchdowns. Okonkwo’s five scores were tied for first on Maryland, which saw its program reach its first bowl game since 2016.
Cross also showed what he could do in the 40-yard dash this past Sunday. The defensive back out of Bowie, Maryland, matched exactly what Okonkwo did; he found a way to lead his respective position in the 40-yard dash.
Cross clocked in an official time of 4.34, which marked the fasted time out of all the safeties.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Cross has plenty of burst to his game and can certainly add plenty of solid hits stemming out of the secondary. Last season, he was first in forced fumbles (two), tied for first on the team in interceptions (three) and second on the team in solo tackles (44). His three sacks were the most out of any defensive back for Maryland in 2021.
With the efforts that both Okonkwo and Cross had at the NFL scouting combine, they likely boosted their stock moving forward.
In other news
Dylan Spilko shared his three takeaways from Maryland men’s basketball’s loss to Michigan State.
Jack Parry wrote his preview for No. 24 Maryland baseball’s two-game series against VCU.
Maryland wrestling shared some of the program’s recent accomplishments.
Brick by Brick. Building something special in CP— Maryland Wrestling (@TerpsWrestling) March 7, 2022
⚫ Most team points since 2018
Highest team finish since 2018
⚪ Highest individual placer since 2019
Most NCAA Qualifiers since 2020
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Maryland men’s lacrosse remained at the No. 1 spot in this week’s rankings.
Terps Still On #BeTheBest pic.twitter.com/VsdP7JPcRW— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) March 7, 2022
No. 4 Maryland women’s lacrosse shared a few highlights from its most recent win.
Road dubs >>— Maryland Women's Lacrosse (@MarylandWLax) March 7, 2022
We’re 5-0 ✅ pic.twitter.com/FgxuZuBs2A
Maryland women's basketball had the sixth-toughest schedule in the nation this season.
We played the No. 6 toughest schedule in the country and never backed down #TheMI22ION pic.twitter.com/vfNbdwdoTR— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@TerpsWBB) March 7, 2022
Maryland men's basketball wished former star Jake Layman a happy birthday over Twitter.
Happy Birthday, @JLayman10! ☀️ pic.twitter.com/PKwjOqJg6z— Maryland Men’s Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) March 7, 2022