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Maryland football RB Javon Leake signs with New York Giants

Leake went undrafted, but quickly found a spot in the NFL.

Maryland v Ohio State Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

After not hearing his name called in the 2020 NFL Draft, Maryland football running back Javon Leake has signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Giants.

ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported Saturday that Leake was expected to sign with the organization, and the Terp later confirmed it on his Instagram.

Leake decided to forgo his senior year and enter the draft after a stellar 2019 season. He was named the Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year to earn a spot on the All-Big Ten First-Team after averaging 26.8 yards per return. The Terp had 804 yards on 30 kickoff returns, complete with two touchdowns to tie Torrey Smith’s career program record.

The Greensboro, North Carolina, product also received Honorable Mention All-Big Ten running back honors in 2019. Leake led the conference with 7.22 yards per carry, picking up 736 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. He also had nine receptions for 55 yards.

In total, Leake finished his Maryland career with 1,110 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, along with 1,437 yards and three touchdowns as a returner.

Now he’ll hope to have similar success with the Giants, where he’ll look to carve out an immediate role on special teams with his kick return abilities.