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Maryland football is bringing back the $10,000 punt return sweepstakes for the UCF game

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland is once again offering a random student $10,000 if a punt is returned for a touchdown in the second half of the Terps’ game against UCF.

The team announced the drawing in a promotional email to students on Thursday morning. The marketing department is making a push to get fans to stay the entire game, as 4,000 students will also get a voucher for a free fountain drink in a souvenir cup that can only be redeemed in the second half.

This is the second time this season the Terps have run this promotion, first introducing it ahead of the Towson game. No one won the promotion then—D.J. Moore returned one to the house, but called for a fair catch—so I guess there’s just $10,000 laying around in the budget. Hard to see this continuing until there’s a winner though; seems like Russian Roulette with punt return money.

It’s an obvious ploy from the marketing department to help maintain attendance in the second half, but hey, whatever works. The drink comes with a souvenir cup, so even though it’s unlikely someone wins 10 racks, everyone won’t walk away empty-handed. At least it’s better than having to stay the entire game for a “beverage” (which turned out to be spiked Mountain Dew).

In other news

Any student hoping for $10K will pin their hope on Moore, the Terps’ dynamic weapon of a receiver and returner.

Men’s soccer faces its toughest road test of the season tonight, when the No. 3 Terps face off against No. 6 Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET.

After losing the conference opener, women’s soccer looks to pull even in Big Ten play on the road against the Illini tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

Field hockey will try to start shedding its rep as a “second-half team” when the Terps return to action this weekend.

Volleyball will face the rest of the season without leading blocker Katie Myers, who tore her meniscus in the Maryland Challenge, The Diamondback reports.

Former Terps quarterback Mark Manges had his career largely derailed by injuries, but he’s still grateful for his memories in a Maryland uniform, from The Baltimore Sun.

The Terps are out of the running, but five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley will announce his decision tonight at 6 p.m. He’ll decide between Kentucky, Kansas and Miami.