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Maryland linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. will be back for his senior season

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This was mostly a formality, but Maryland football now knows it’ll have one of its best players back for 2017.

Linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. announced Tuesday on Twitter that he won’t be entering the NFL Draft and will return to College Park for his senior season.

Carter definitely has a shot at making the pros if he has a solid senior season, but didn’t appear to have much of a chance to get drafted after this year. NFLDraftScout ranks him as the No. 23 inside linebacker in this year’s draft class.

Carter was named an all-Big Ten selection by the media, and was the team’s defensive captain. Along with Jesse Aniebonam and Shane Cockerille, he’ll be a key senior starter returning on Maryland’s defense.

In other news

Maryland basketball beat Illinois in what might have been its most complete performance of the season.

Lorenzo Harrison and D.J. Turner have been cleared to return to the team for offseason workouts, the school announced yesterday.

Here’s our weekly Maryland in the NFL recap.

Pro Football Focus has grades from Maryland’s loss to BC. Carter and Derwin Gray graded the highest for the Terps.

Here’s Maryland commit Bruno Fernando’s latest highlight tape:

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