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MM 5.25: Maryland football lands JUCO transfer RB Challen Fa’amatau

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

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Maryland football has added another running back, with JUCO transfer Challen Fa’amatau announcing his commitment to Maryland on Friday.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, the recent commitment of family friend Taulia Tagovailoa played a large role in Fa’amatau’s decision. A high school First-Team All-State selection in 2017, Fa’amatau ranked as the No. 5 player in the state before opting to go the JUCO route. After spending a season as a linebacker at Pima Community College in Arizona, Fa’amatau got the opportunity to return to his natural position at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

For Coffeyville in 2019, Fa’amatau rushed 99 times for 362 yards and one touchdown. Joining the Terps as a redshirt junior, he will be immediately eligible with two years left.

Having lost both of their two leading rushers from a season ago in Anthony McFarland Jr. and Javon Leake to the NFL, the Terps are in need of experience at the running back position. With his transfer now official, Fa’amatau joins a running back room that features seniors Tayon Fleet-Davis and Jake Funk, as well as a trio of freshman backs in Peny Boone, Isaiah Jacobs and Jordan Castleberry.

In other news

Maryland football released a video promoting its #DMV2UMD movement.

The team also shared some renderings of Cole Field House.

Maryland men’s basketball honored its 2020 graduates.

Maryland men’s basketball made the top 10 for 4-star 2021 small forward Trey Patterson.

The Terps have also reached out to Indiana grad transfer Justin Smith.

Maryland women’s basketball’s Faith Masonius and Zoe Young looked back on some of the biggest plays from this season.

Maryland men’s lacrosse shared some of its best Memorial Day weekend memories.

Maryland baseball congratulated its 2020 graduates.