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MM 12.9: Maryland football DC Jon Hoke announced as Broyles Award nominee

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

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In his second season with Maryland football, defensive coordinator Jon Hoke was named as a nominee for the 2020 Broyles Award Tuesday.

Awarded to the top assistant coach in NCAA Division I football, the Broyles Award has been recognizing staff members since 1996, in honor of then-University of Arkansas and current hall of fame head coach Frank Boyles.

Hoke is one of 56 nominees in this year’s class, a group whittled down from over 1,200 other assistant coaches from 127 programs.

Maryland’s defense has turned itself around under Hoke this season, allowing just 214 passing yards per game, which ranks them fifth in the Big Ten. Individual standouts like linebackers Chance Campbell and Ruben Hyppolite II are ranked top-20 in the Big Ten in sacks per game, further testaments to Hoke’s impact. Campbell also ranks top-20 in the FBS in tackles per game.

Hoke looks to follow in Terrapin head coach Michael Locksley’s footsteps, as Locksley won the award in 2018 while running Alabama’s offense under Nick Saban.

In other news

Maryland men’s basketball travels to Clemson for its fixture in the 2020 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Both teams will fight to remain undefeated going into conference play.

Former Maryland football standout Stefon Diggs went for 92 yards on 10 receptions in the Buffalo Bills’ win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The Terps received tragic news Tuesday.

Maryland women’s basketball shared some highlights from practice.

Brenda Frese’s squad is already setting itself apart.

Maryland men’s lacrosse star Logan Wisnauskas was named the No. 21 player in college lacrosse by Inside Lacrosse.