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Maryland senior running back Ty Johnson was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on Monday, according to the Maxwell Football Club.

Now in its 82nd iteration, the award has been given to the best player in the FBS each year since 1937. Johnson is one of 82 players named to the 2018 watch list and is the first Terrapin since Stefon Diggs to appear on the list. The last running back to do so was Da’Rel Scott in 2010.

Johnson was one of the few bright spots on a Maryland team that ended up 4-8 last season, finishing second on the team with 935 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns. Perhaps the most impressive trait that Johnson possesses is efficiency—he averaged 6.4 yards per carry and 12.0 per catch in 2017. As a sophomore, he averaged 9.1 and 12.9.

The semifinalists will be announced on October 29, with the finalists being named on Nov. 19. The eventual winner will be unveiled during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6.

In other news

Offensive lineman Jordan McNair’s death was caused by heat stroke, according to The Jordan McNair Foundation website.

Derwin Gray, Taivon Jacobs and Darnell Savage Jr. will accompany head coach DJ Durkin to Chicago for Big Ten Media Days next week.

There’s a ton of talent to choose from, but experience is lacking among Maryland defensive tackles entering 2018.

Maryland has offered New Jersey forward Lance Ware, who is the No. 43 overall prospect in the 2020 class.

There’s still a long way to go in 2019 football recruiting, but the Terrapins have a lot of work to do to keep up with the rest of the conference.

In addition to entering the season with a new coach, Maryland volleyball unveiled brand-new facilities for the team on Monday.