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Maryland football’s Adam McLean, Michael Cornwell reportedly in transfer portal

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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 NCAA transfer portal is much like the Matrix—you can only see it if you’re inside of it, and information regarding the portal must be taken with a grain of salt.

But according to InsideMDSports’ Jeff Ermann, senior defensive lineman Adam McLean has entered the portal and could be transferring away from College Park to take his talents elsewhere.

McLean, a former four-star recruit, broke out last season with 36 tackles and a sack across 11 games. The 305-pound roadblock on the interior defensive line played in the Red-White Game in April and looked to be in line for a sizable role this season, but it seems as though he is exploring options elsewhere.

On the other side of the football, the Terrapins could be losing a tight end. While there’s no official word about him entering the portal just yet, Michael Cornwell appears to be leaving the program, according to a video posted by the graduate tight end on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Last offseason, Cornwell transitioned to tight end after three years (five games) with the program at wide receiver, and he was utilized often as a result. He played in 10 of the team’s 11 games, but didn’t catch a single ball all season long. With Mike Locksley’s new regime, it seems as though the position will be running routes more often. In the spring game, tight ends combined for 17 catches, 125 yards and four touchdowns. To put that into perspective, Maryland tight ends have caught 15 passes combined over the last three seasons.

In that game, Cornwell himself caught five passes for 28 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown from MVP Tyler DeSue. However, with First Team All-MAC tight end Tyler Mabry transferring from Buffalo and three-star freshmen Tyler Devera and Malik Jackson on the way, position coach Mike Miller’s group is a bit crowded. After earning his degree last week, Cornwell will use his new graduate status to explore other options.

In other news

Men’s basketball point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. is officially returning to Maryland for his senior season, as Wednesday night was the deadline for players to withdraw from the NBA Draft.

That instantly makes the Terrapins a contender next season, even with the loss of Bruno Fernando to the association. CBS Sports college basketball guru Jon Rothstein ranked them as the No. 6 team in the country in his post-withdrawal deadline rankings.

After winning the national championship against Boston College Sunday, Maryland women’s lacrosse was awarded with seven All-American nominees.

Allegra Rivas led Maryland volleyball’s defense as the libero last season, and following a 522-dig freshman campaign, she’ll be training with the U.S. National Team.

And finally, Maryland men’s golf’s Peter Knade has been named to PING’s All-Northeast Region Team, as the junior led the Terrapins all season long.