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MM 1.20: George Helow joins Maryland football staff as special teams coordinator & inside linebackers coach

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

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Maryland football has found a replacement for its only offseason coaching vacancy.

George Helow joins the Terps’ staff as the special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach, he announced Monday via Twitter. He replaces John Papuchis, who left Mike Locksley’s staff in December to be the special teams and defensive ends coach at Florida State.

Helow joins the staff after serving the past four seasons at Colorado State. He joined the Rams’ staff in 2016 as a graduate assistant, became a quality control coach in 2017 and has spent the past two years as the team’s safeties coach.

Bruce Feldman first reported Helow’s role with the Terps, though nothing was actually public until Monday. The team officially announced the hire Tuesday afternoon.

Helow, who played mostly on special teams at Ole Miss from 2006-10, has held positions with Alabama, Georgia and Florida State. He helped the Crimson Tide and the Seminoles win national titles in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Helow takes over a special teams unit that led the Big Ten in return touchdowns with two kickoffs and one punt returned for a score — minus 2019 Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year Javon Leake. His linebacker Co. shouldn’t see as much turnover with the return of Chance Campbell and Ayinde Eley, who combined for a total of 133 tackles this past season, and the addition of four-star Ruben Hyppolite II.

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