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Anthony McFarland leads 4 Maryland All-Big Ten honorees on offense

The redshirt freshman running back earned a second-team and third-team selection.

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Maryland redshirt freshman running back Anthony McFarland was named an All-Big Ten second-team selection by the media and a third-team selection by league coaches Wednesday.

Three Maryland offensive linemen also earned all-conference honors. Right tackle Damian Prince was named to the league’s third team by the media, while fellow seniors Derwin Gray and Brendan Moore earned honorable mentions on both ballots. With eight Terps making all-conference rosters Tuesday, that makes 12 honorees in total, Maryland’s most since joining the Big Ten.

McFarland ran for 1,034 yards this season, shattering the program freshman record. His campaign was highlighted by back-to-back performances of 210 and 298 rushing yards, coming at Indiana and against Ohio State. McFarland finished the year averaging 7.9 yards per carry, the fifth-best mark in the country. He’s the first Maryland freshman to earn first- or second-team all-conference honors since Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2006, and Purdue’s Rondale Moore was the only other freshman to make a first or second team this season.

The Terps’ offensive line was more up-and-down than some might have expected, especially in pass protection, but it helped Maryland run for over 230 yards per game this season. Next year’s line will look quite different, as the Terps will have to replace Prince, Gray, Moore and starting left guard Sean Christie.