Maryland senior running back Ty Johnson returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Terps’ loss at Michigan Saturday. The Big Ten named him as its Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
Perfect blocking and blazing speed allowed Johnson to breeze into the end zone untouched on his return, which gave the Terps a 7-3 lead. With Darnell Savage picking off Shea Patterson on Michigan’s next possession, Johnson’s touchdown looked like a momentum-changer. Instead, this was the Terps’ only score until the fourth quarter.
Ninety-eight. Nine. Eight. That's a 98-yard KO return for @TerpsFootball.— Maryland On BTN (@MarylandOnBTN) October 6, 2018
Stiff-arm at the end was just a bonus. pic.twitter.com/AWj0dqlfus
Johnson is the fifth Terrapin to earn a Big Ten weekly honor this season, the most Maryland has had since joining the conference in 2014. After the Terps beat Texas (who’s now a top-10 team), Antoine Brooks won Co-Defensive Player of the Week and Jeshaun Jones earned Co-Freshman of the Week. Tre Watson’s performance against Minnesota merited sole Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Anthony McFarland earned Co-Freshman of the Week in the same game.
The rest of Saturday didn’t go so well for Johnson. He tallied just three rushing yards on five attempts, and he muffed a kickoff in the end zone in the second half, which set his team up at the 2-yard line (Maryland then went three-and-out and Michigan scored off strong field position). Johnson also limped off the field with an injury in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. The Terps have not updated his injury status for this weekend’s game against Rutgers.