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Here’s Maryland football coach DJ Durkin talking about expectations

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Maryland football sits at 5-6 heading into its final regular-season game against Rutgers. This is where the collective fan base seemed to expect the Terps to be in DJ Durkin’s first season, although they’ve looked pretty bad on the back end of it.

Here’s Durkin addressing the progress of the team this season as compared to expectations.

We’re very honest and self-aware of where we are and what we’re doing. I still believe with our team healthy and able to play, I think we’re even ahead of where we are right now. I think it’s a testament to our players, and how they’ve bought in to what we’ve done. As a competitor and as a coach, you go into every game thinking you’re going to win. You truly do. But from the beginning of the season looking forward, we also knew we didn’t have a 12-0 team. We knew that. Being bowl-eligible was never a goal of ours, but obviously something that we as a staff expected.

Coaches will always say they have high expectations; those that don’t will not succeed. But understanding the team’s limitations goes a long way, too.

In other news

Maryland basketball beat Stony Brook by double digits. This game was never really in doubt, which is fun.

Damonte Dodd didn't play in the game, but Michal Cekovsky did. Cekovsky scored 11 points, threw down two alley-oops and picked up one technical foul before fouling out.

We did a podcast. Check it out.

D'Qwell Jackson recorded his first sack of 2016 on Sunday. Here's how all the Terps in the NFL did this weekend.

Perry Hills is still day-to-day, but he’s fighting hard to get back on the field, from the Baltimore Sun.