As several former Maryland football players turn their focus to the NFL Draft, two Terps defenders showed their stuff in the Reese’s Senior Bowl this weekend.
Safety Darnell Savage and defensive end Byron Cowart were both members of the North team, which beat the South 34-24 in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday. Neither made huge impacts in the box score—Cowart assisted on one tackle, Savage didn’t record any stats—but both impressed all week in practice, with Savage being honored for his efforts.
Savage intercepted four passes in 2018, tied for second in the conference behind teammate Tre Watson (five) and 13th in the country. He also posted 51 total tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. Cowart, meanwhile, recorded three sacks and five tackles for loss. Savage earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors, while Cowart was an all-conference honorable mention.
The prior weekend at the East-West Shrine Game, both Watson and running back Ty Johnson impressed scouts in St. Petersburg, Florida. Johnson’s quickness and Watson’s nose for the ball both drew praise, and each has reportedly met with a few NFL teams.
The NFL Draft is still nearly three months away, and Maryland’s pro day will likely be in late March, so there’s plenty of time for these Terps to keep boosting their stock. We’ll have more throughout the process.
In other news
Maryland football had a busy, busy recruiting weekend. Here’s what we know:
- Three-star JuCo defensive end Sam Okuayinonu pledged to the Terps late Saturday night.
- Three-star Georgia cornerback Erwin Byrd’s commitment came Sunday morning.
- Three-star Georgia safety Treron Collins joined the party Sunday afternoon.
- However, the Terps did lose quarterback David Summers to Syracuse (it’s hard to be surprised here, as Summers was a Matt Canada recruit.)
For future reference, here’s the Mike Locksley commitment bat signal, referencing his “build a wall around the DMV” quotes on keeping local recruits home.
Maryland women’s basketball won by its highest margin in Big Ten play this season, beating Indiana by 20.
But the men’s team ... uh ... yikes.
The Terps lost to Illinois at Madison Square Garden.
They did a lot of things wrong.
And it won’t get easier.
Maryland falls short at "World's Most Famous Arena"
The Terps walked out of Madison Square Garden with an embarrassing loss to Illinois.Posted by Testudo Times on Saturday, January 26, 2019
But in better news, Kameron Johnson broke the track team’s program record in the 300-meter dash.
And Zack Steffen is still making Maryland proud for Team USA.
And Maryland lacrosse returns ***THIS WEEK!!!***