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E.J. Henderson on 2019 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

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

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The 2019 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame was released Monday, and former Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson is making his first appearance.

Henderson was a two-time consensus All-American with the Terps, and he’s second in program history with 472 tackles and first with 18.5 tackles for loss. He was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year twice and won ACC Player of the Year in 2001. The following season, he earned both the Bednarik Award for the nation’s top defensive player and the Butkus Award for the nation’s top linebacker.

This year’s ballot includes 76 FBS players, so it’ll be difficult for Henderson to stand out in that pack, but his accomplishments at least merit consideration. At the very least, he’s already a 2016 inductee into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame, and he ran away with our Best Linebacker in Maryland History poll last summer.

The 2019 College Football Hall of Fame class will be announced Jan. 7—the day of the national title game—in Santa Clara, California.

In other news

Today is the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. I wrote about the six Terps who’ve made it this far and what they mean to the program.

Maryland football’s 2018 squad has a late addition, as JuCo linebacker Ahmad McCullough committed last night.

One day after Maryland baseball commit Nick Decker was taken in the second round of the MLB Draft, junior second baseman Nick Dunn came off the board in the fifth round. The St. Louis Cardinals took him 153rd overall, and he has until mid-July to sign.

The Toronto Raptors need a new head coach, and Maryland alum Sarunas Jasikevicius, who’s now one of the premier young coaches in the EuroLeague, has entered the discussion.

And the volleyball schedule is here!