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MM 7.20: Maryland football quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa named to Maxwell Award Watch list

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

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

Maryland football quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on Monday. The award is given to the top college football player in the country at the end of the season.

Tagovailoa is entering his junior season with the Terps and had an inconsistent first-year campaign in an abbreviated 2020 season but had noteworthy performances that showed the Big Ten, and country, what he is capable of.

In just four games, Tagovailoa threw for over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns. He led the Big Ten in yards per completion with 13.48, was second in passing efficiency and third in passing yards per game.

In a win over Minnesota last season, the Hawaii native totaled 394 passing yards, while throwing three touchdowns and rushing for another two. The following week, in a win over Penn State, Tagovailoa threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns.

Maryland will have a host of weapons on the outside this fall. Dontay Demus Jr. and Rakim Jarrett are both explosive playmakers and one of the top wide receiver duos in the country that will only help Tagovailoa find success this season.

Tagovailoa is the first Maryland quarterback to be named to the watch list since Danny O’Brien in 2011 and the first Terp at any position since Anthony McFarland Jr. in 2019.

A total of 80 players are named to the watch list prior to the season, with Tagovailoa being one of 10 Big Ten players to make the list.

In Other News

Maryland women’s lacrosse sent congrats to a former Terp on becoming a head coach.

Maryland basketball’s Director of Performance Kyle Tarp was mic’d up at a recent weight lifting session, and he brought the energy.

Former Maryland lacrosse goalie won the goalie skills competition at the Premier Lacrosse League’s All-Star weekend.