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Maryland football’s D.J. Moore to be recognized as Washington Metro College Player of the Year

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Maryland standout wide receiver D.J. Moore will be recognized as the Washington Metro College Player of the Year at the D.C. Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet, the club announced Thursday.

Moore earned the honor with a record-breaking junior campaign, catching 80 passes for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017. He declared for the NFL Draft after the season, finishing his Maryland career fifth in program history in both receptions (146) and receiving yards (2,027). He did it all with approximately 36 different quarterbacks throwing his way (the actual number was eight in three years).

He’s the third Maryland player to win the award in the last six years, joining Joe Vellano in 2013 and Brad Craddock in 2015. In addition, Yannick Ngakoue earned District High School Player of the Year in 2013 and Jake Funk won the same honor for the state of Maryland in 2016. Longtime Maryland radio broadcaster Johnny Holliday earned the club’s Lifetime Achievement Award last year.

The club’s banquet will be at Congressional Country Club on April 12.

In other news

Maryland football’s coaching staff shuffle is complete. The Terps announced the additions of running backs coach Jafar Williams and tight ends coach Dave Bucar yesterday. They also parted ways with Pete Lembo, who becomes the special teams coach at Rice.

The women’s basketball team crushed Rutgers for its fourth straight win last night. It was a great way to welcome Brionna Jones back to College Park.

The Terps also got some good news during the game, as they came in at No. 13 in the NCAA Tournament selection committee’s top-16 rankings.

Maryland men’s basketball is waiting on the word from four-star point guard target Tyger Campbell, who was supposed to announce his decision yesterday. He didn’t, which can’t be bad news for the Terps, as DePaul emerged as the clear Crystal Ball favorite this week.

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