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Maryland’s Brendan Moore named to Rimington Trophy watch list

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Maryland football’s starting center, Brendan Moore, was named to the 2017 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List Monday. The trophy is awarded to the most outstanding center in Division I football.

Sixty-two other centers are also included on this earliest version of the watch list, which amounts to about half of the starting centers in college football, so while it’s nice to be included on lists like this one, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Moore made the list last year before he’d ever even started a game at center. That being said, it’s still better to be included than not.

Moore was an integral part of Maryland’s offensive line during his sophomore campaign in 2016, starting all 13 games at center and helped clear the path for Maryland’s running backs, who totaled over 2,500 rushing yards on the season. That was good enough to earn the Terps the No. 12 spot in rushing S&P, which measures the total success of a team’s rushing attack. However, like the rest of the offensive line, Moore struggled in pass protection last season as the man in the middle of a unit that finished in the bottom five in the country in adjusted sack rate, which measures how frequently a passer was sacked per pass attempt.

In the second year of the same offensive system, Moore and the rest of the offensive line should take a step forward this year. The Terps lost Michael Dunn to graduation, but the projected starting line is full of capable players.

The Rimington Trophy will be awarded on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

In other news

Justin Jackson is reportedly working out with the Toronto Raptors today. He has until tomorrow night to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft.

Maryland men’s lacrosse dominated Albany Sunday, punching its ticket to another Final Four. Here’s how they did it.

The women won in stunning comeback fashion Saturday thanks to their outstanding senior leadership.

Maryland football landed a commitment from a 6’6 tight end from Georgia Sunday night to cap a great weekend in Terps sports.

Former Maryland women’s basketball forward Kiah Gillespie announced her intention to transfer in April. Now we know where she’s going:

Maryland baseball is the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which starts Wednesday. Here’s a look at the bracket: