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4 Maryland defensive players earn All-Big Ten honorable mentions

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Maryland football’s defense gave up 37 points per game in 2017, but the Terps had a handful of bright spots on the unit. On Tuesday, those players earned conference-wide recognition.

Linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. and defensive backs Antoine Brooks, JC Jackson and Darnell Savage earned All-Big Ten honorable mentions Tuesday. It’s the third such honor for Carter and the first for his three teammates.

Carter led Maryland with 90 tackles, his third straight year atop that leaderboard. He also led the team with 3.5 sacks. Brooks’ first full season as a starter featured 77 tackles and a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss. Savage and Jackson each snatched three interceptions, and finished with eight and seven pass breakups, respectively. Savage and Brooks also recorded touchdowns on special teams this season.

The Big Ten will announce its all-conference offensive teams on Thursday.

In other news

Here’s my attempt at recapping this hectic football season.

As it turned out, the Terps played the nation’s hardest schedule.

We covered some of this in our latest podcast, which also featured plenty of basketball talk.

Maryland women’s basketball takes its turn in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge tonight at Virginia.

Here’s InsideMdSports on how some Maryland basketball commits fared in a Thanksgiving weekend hoops tournament.