Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on running backs; this week, we’re looking at all of Maryland’s receivers.
D.J. Moore, WR, No. 1
Weight: 215 pounds
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
High school: Imhotep Carter
How he got to College Park
Moore was a three-star recruit on the 247Sports Composite, but several services classified him as a four-star prospect. He earned all-state honors as a high school senior, when he caught 35 balls for 1,012 yards and 16 scores. Moore was never offered by Penn State, which was the closest major program to home; he ultimately took his talents to Maryland.
He was second on the Terps with 25 catches and 237 yards as a true freshman, then recorded 41 and 637 last year. He hauled in three touchdowns in 2015 and six in 2016.
Moore made this incredible touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone against Indiana to give the Terps a halftime lead.
A few weeks later, he ended Maryland’s touchdown drought of nearly three full games with this 92-yard breakaway against Nebraska.
At a position full of uncertainty, Moore is unquestionably Maryland’s ace. He’s the only significant 2016 contributor coming back, and there’s reason to expect continued improvement in his junior season.
It’ll also be interesting to see how much he factors in on special teams this season. Moore returned a team-high 15 kicks last year, and with Will Likely and Teldrick Morgan gone, he could be one of Maryland’s primary punt returners as well.
Moore establishes himself as one of the most prolific wideouts in the whole conference. Improved play at quarterback allows him to put up more consistent and more eye-popping numbers, and he keeps the highlight-reel plays coming. He also becomes a force in the return game, bringing some of the excitement to kicks and punts that filled the stadium in the days of Likely.
This receiver had over 200 receiving yards in 2014, but hasn’t produced for the Terps since.
Scaletta and tnterp are first on the board this week.