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MM 9.3: Maryland football names its Players of the Week following Howard beatdown

Seven players received team honors Monday.

Maryland football vs Howard Sarah Sopher / Testudo Times

In case you missed it, Maryland football absolutely eviscerated Howard to the tune of a 79-0 final score on Saturday afternoon. And on Monday, the Terps awarded seven players for their contributions to the victory.

Leading the charge on offense were quarterback Josh Jackson and wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr., both of whom were named Offensive Players of the Week. In his Maryland debut, the former Hokie shined in less than a half of action, completing 15 of 24 passes for 245 passing yards and four touchdowns. One of those scores went to Demus, who started his sophomore campaign with a bang, hauling in three passes for 100 yards and finding the endzone twice.

While the Terps offense garnered a lot of attention, deservedly so, it was the defense’s performance that was exceptional. On the day, it held the Bison offense to less than 70 total yards and surrendered just four first downs. As such, Maryland rewarded three standouts on the defensive line with Defensive Players of the Week: redshirt freshman Tyler Baylor, junior Sam Okuayinonu and senior Oluwaseun Oluwatimi. Together, they combined for 11 tackles — three of which went for a loss — and helped disrupt Howard’s plans all day long.

And while special teams may be overlooked in football, Maryland’s third unit was on full display against Howard. That included Special Teams Player of the Week wide receiver and return man DJ Turner, who ran back a 40-yard punt return for a score and added 46 more all-purpose yards on the afternoon. And running back Jake Funk, who had a 24-yard rushing touchdown, was also named a Player of the Week for his role with the special teams unit as a returner and gunner.

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