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Maryland’s D.J. Moore named Big Ten’s top wide receiver

Another postseason honor for the star junior.

NCAA Football: Maryland at Rutgers Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

One day after earning all-conference recognition for his outstanding 2017 campaign, Maryland’s D.J. Moore was named the Big Ten’s Wide Receiver of the Year on Thursday.

Moore led the conference with 1,033 receiving yards on 80 catches, the latter of which is also a Maryland program record. The junior finished 2017 with eight touchdown receptions, tied for fourth in the Big Ten.

As has been well-documented, he did all this with about as little help as possible. Maryland’s top two quarterbacks tore their ACLs in the first and third games of the season, and third-stringer Max Bortenschlager was under center for nearly all of conference play. No Maryland signal caller surpassed 1,500 passing yards for the season, making Moore the first Power 5 receiver since Hakeem Nicks in 2008 to accumulate 1,000 yards under such circumstances.

In Maryland’s turbulent 2017, Moore was consistently a bright spot. He’ll make a decision soon regarding his future in College Park or the NFL, but there’s still plenty of time for everyone else to celebrate his success from the last three months.

Here’s the full list of positional honorees.

Award Position Winner School
Award Position Winner School
Griese-Brees QB J.T. Barrett Ohio State
Ameche-Dayne RB Saquon Barkley Penn State
Richter-Howard WR D.J. Moore Maryland
Kwalick-Clark TE Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin
Rimington-Pace OL Billy Price Ohio State
Smith-Brown DL Nick Bosa Ohio State
Butkus-Fitzgerald LB Josey Jewell Iowa
Tatum-Woodson DB Josh Jackson Iowa
Bakken-Andersen K Griffin Oakes Indiana
Eddleman-Fields P Ryan Anderson Rutgers
Rodgers-Dwight Returner Saquon Barkley Penn State
Hayes-Schembechler Coach Paul Chryst Wisconsin