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Highlights from Maryland’s appearance at Big Ten Media Days

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

NCAA Football: Big Ten Football Media Day Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

There are only 39 days until Maryland football kicks off its 2018 campaign on the first day of September. In just over five weeks, the Terrapins will host the Texas Longhorns at FedEx Field, hoping to recapture some of the magic that allowed last year’s team to pull off an upset.

With the start of the season quickly approaching, the Big Ten held its annual media days Monday and Tuesday. Maryland’s time in the spotlight came in the latter session, as head coach DJ Durkin spoke extensively about both the Jordan McNair tragedy and the upcoming season.

His televised press conference was recapped by Lamar, but the third-year head coach also spoke at length with reporters, where he was asked more about the McNair situation but declined to provide any clarifying information regarding the specific events of the May 29 team workout after which McNair was hospitalized.

In addition to the press conference, Durkin had a televised interview on the Big Ten Network set in which he previewed the upcoming season.

Seniors Derwin Gray, Taivon Jacobs and Darnell Savage Jr. accompanied Durkin to Chicago, and they seemed to be enjoying the attention.

Maryland was ravaged by injuries last season, specifically at the quarterback position, but that difficult time allowed the team to learn and grow stronger. “We just stayed tight as a team and continued to move forward and came out every Saturday with the right mindset,” Gray said. “That’s what we plan on doing. We’ll continue to work hard and do what we do on the field and off the field.”

The full interviews can be seen below. Like Durkin, the players spent a lot of time discussing the tragic passing of McNair.

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