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Dangerous Terrapins visit Columbus to take on #3 Ohio State

Maryland (3-6, 1-5) at #1 Ohio State (8-0, 5-0)

November 9, 2019 || Ohio Stadium || 12:05 pm EDT

 

The Maryland football team will play its third consecutive ranked opponent on Saturday when the Terps travel to No. 1 Ohio State. The contest is set for a noon kick and will be broadcast on FOX and the Maryland Sports Radio Network.

THIS WEEKEND’S STORYLINES

1. With a WR DJ Turner 40-yard punt return touchdown in Week One vs. Howard and two RB Javon Leake kickoff return touchdowns (100 yards at Rutgers & 97 yards vs. #14 Michigan), Maryland is one of only two power five teams (UCLA) with both a kickoff and punt return touchdown this season. Maryland leads the Big Ten in punt return average (13.50)  and is second in kick return average (25.33), standing top-20 in the country in both categories.

2. RB Javon Leake has starred on special teams in his career, currently standing tied with WR Torrey Smith (’10) for the most kick return touchdowns in Maryland history with three. Last week vs. #14 Michigan, Leake returned a kick 97 yards to the house, his second of the season, also tying the Maryland record with four other players Torrey Smith (’09), Richard Jennings (’75), Dennis Condie (’60) & Stefon Diggs (’12) and giving him a hold of the FBS lead with three other players. The 97-yard house call gave Leake 1,228 kick return yards in his career, passing former teammate Ty Johnson (’18) for seventh-place all-time in program history. Leake only needs 32 yards to pass Steve Suter (’04) and move to sixth-place. The junior is averaging 29.8 yards per return this season, the seventh-best average in the country and best in the Big Ten.

3. Maryland RBs Javon Leake and Anthony McFarland Jr. both have seven rushing touchdowns this season, making the Terps one of only three teams in the country (Central Michigan, Fresno State, Louisiana, Navy & Ohio) and the only power five team to have two running backs with seven TDs this season. It is the first time the Terps have had a RB pair both have seven touchdowns in a season since Keon Lattimore had 13 and Lance Ball had 12 in 2007.

4. The Terps have been explosive on offense this season, tallying 12 rushes of over 30 yards, tied for the ninth-highest total in the country and second most in the Big Ten. In addition, five of those 12 explosive plays have gone for 50-plus yards, the fifth-most in the nation, trailing only Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Georgia Southern & Memphis. Maryland has scored on five of these big play rushes, three from RB Javon Leake (64 vs. Syracuse, 42 at Rutgers & 60 vs. Indiana), one from RB Anthony McFarland Jr. (80 at Rutgers ) and one from QB Tyrrell Pigrome (61 at Purdue).

5. S Antoine Brooks Jr. has totaled 52 solo tackles this year, the most per game in the Big Ten and the 13th highest total in the country. Brooks has at least five solo tackles in seven of nine games this season and tallied a career-best 13, all solo, at Temple (9/14). Last week vs. #14 Michigan, Brooks tied his career-high with two tackles for loss.

6. Last season vs. then No. 9 Ohio State, RB Anthony McFarland Jr. rewrote the record books, rushing for 298 yards in the game, the second most in program history (LaMont Jordan, 306 yards) McFarland busted touchdown runs of 81 and 75 yards in the first quarter and averaged 14.2 yards per carry in the game. His 175 yards in the first quarter were the most by any player in the FBS in the first quarter throughout the entire season. The 298 yard performance was McFarland’s second-straight game with 200 yards en route to breaking the freshmen rushing record with 1,034 yards.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MARYLAND SPORTS INFORMATION

 

Maryland’s Leake Co-Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week

 

 

Javon Leake

University of Maryland junior running back and kick returner Javon Leake has been named Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Leake returned two kickoffs for 113 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown against No. 14 Michigan on Saturday. It marked Leake’s third kickoff return touchdown of his career, tying him with Torrey Smith for the most in program history.

With his performance against the Wolverines, Leake passed former teammate Ty Johnson on Maryland’s all-time kick return yardage list. The junior now sits in seventh all-time at Maryland with 1,228 kickoff return yards.

Leake’s two kickoff return touchdowns this season is tied for the most in the FBS. He leads the Big Ten in kickoff return touchdowns, kickoff return yards (595) and kickoff return average (29.8).

This marks Leake’s second Big Ten weekly award of the season and fourth of his career. He was named the conferences special teams player of the week after returning a kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown earlier this season against Rutgers. Last season, Leake returned a kickoff 97-yards for a touchdown while also scoring three rushing touchdowns in the same game against Illinois en route to becoming the first player in Big Ten history to garner offensive player of the week and special teams player of the week in the same week.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MARYLAND SPORTS INFORMATION

 

Dayton RB Jake Chisholm earns Pioneer Football League Player of the Week

 

Jake Chisholm running away from the defense

Soph Running Back Ran For 268 Yards In Saturday’s Win

ST. LOUIS – University of Dayton sophomore running back Jake Chisholm was named the Pioneer Football League’s Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in UD’s 49-35 win at Morehead State on Saturday.

 

In his second career start, Chisholm ran 35 times for 268 yards and two touchdowns.  It was the best game on the ground in the PFL this season, the second-best ever at UD (behind Connor Kacsor’s 301 yards in 2014) and the third-best in FCS football this season.

 

Chisholm’s 113 yards in the third quarter alone nearly matched his previous career best of 117 yards set last week against San Diego.

 

The graduate Union (Ky.) High School Dayton’s last two touchdowns in the 14-point win.

 

He also caught a pass for 12 yards and returned two kickoffs for 58 yards.  His 338 yards in all-purpose yardage is the second-best at the FCS level this season, and lifted his per game average to 198.7 yards a game.  That is currently second-best in FCS.

 

Chisholm is third in the PFL in rushing yardage per game (95.7) and his 7.4 yards per carry average leads the league.

 

The Flyers are 5-3 overall and tied for third in the PFL with a 3-2 record.  UD is home this Saturday against one of the other two teams tied with them, Marist.  Game time is 1 p.m. ET.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Dayton Football player Ryan Culhane named the November PlayMaker of the Month by the Institute for Sport and Social Justice

 

Ryan Culhane (74) clearing a path for the runner

ORLANDO – University of Dayton senior football player and Student-Athlete Advisory executive board member Ryan Culhane was recently named the November PlayMaker of the Month by the Institute for Sport and Social Justice.

The Institute For Sport & Social Justice (“The Institute”) PlayMaker of the Month award program recognizes the academic achievement and community service of student-athletes that reflect “The Institute’s” core values.

Culhane, a native of Naperville, Ill., has been an active member of Dayton’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since his freshman year. SAAC representatives serve as liaisons to administration and are tasked with relaying very important information to their teams, and also organizing teammates to attend community outreach events, as well as career development opportunities. For the 2019-20 season, he was voted to the executive board and serves as the Co-Community Service chair.

A chemical engineering major, he’s been named to the Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll.

Most recently, Culhane and softball player Jules Curry have worked with Dayton athletics, SAAC, and the UD Bookstore to sell Dayton Strong shirts with all proceeds going to the Dayton Foundation, specifically to the Oregon District Tragedy and Tornado Relief Funds. The deadline to donate to those funds was Oct. 31. Tonight, at the Dayton men’s basketball exhibition game vs. Cedarville, Culhane, Curry, and Jenny Napier will present a check to the Dayton Foundation. Dayton Strong shirts are still being sold at Flyer Spirit on Brown Street, at the UD Bookstore, at the Cronin Family Spirit Shop at UD Arena, and also online at https://shop.udayton.edu/dayton-strong-tee

Culhane has spoken about leadership, commitment, and the importance of giving your best to two local inner-city Dayton schools: Horace Mann Elementary and Blairwood Elementary.

Other SAAC initiatives he’s been involved with include creating Valentine’s cards to give to sick children at a local hospital, putting on a talent show with proceeds going toward school supplies for Blairwood Elementary, another talent show with all proceeds going to the Dayton Foundation.

Culhane also took the lead on involving student-athletes in Dayton’s first Day of Giving this spring. The Flyers hosted a field day to help promote the event which raised $866,284 from 5,638 total donors in 24 hours.

Every year, Culhane has volunteered for Christmas on Campus, a university-run day where children in the Dayton community are buddied with a student who takes them around campus partaking in different Christmas activities. The past two years, Ryan has been on the committee to help pair up the children with student-athletes.

PlayMaker of the Month gives coaches, administrators, teammates, and faculty the opportunity to nominate and recognize those student-athletes who exemplify the “The Institute’s” motto of “Changing Lives Through the Power of Sport.” PlayMaker of the Month recipients are recognized in the months of October through June. “The Institute” exists to promote and advocate for diversity and inclusion, social justice, and ethical and moral leadership.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: – WEEK 10: GAMES PLAYED THROUGH NOVEMBER 2, 2019 –

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2019 (Week 10)

 

TEAM POINTS FIRST-PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK’S RANK

1. LSU (8-0) 689 17 2

2. Alabama (8-0) 682 17 1

3. Ohio State (8-0) 676 9 3

4. Clemson (9-0) 616 3 4

5. Penn State (8-0) 551 5

6. Georgia (7-1) 484 7

7. Oregon (8-1) 417 8

8. Oklahoma (7-1) 400 9

9. Utah (8-1) 360 10

10. Florida (7-2) 279 6

11. Baylor (8-0) 264 12

12. Auburn (7-2) 250 11

13. Minnesota (8-0) 211 13

14. Michigan (7-2) 149 14

15. Notre Dame (6-2) 69 16

16. Wisconsin (6-2) 46 N/A

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Cincinnati (32), Memphis (23), Kansas State (16), Wake Forest (14), Boise State (9), Iowa (7), Texas (6), Texas A&M (4), SMU (2).

ABOUT THE FWAA: The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information visit www.footballwriters.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork.

ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Monday of the 2019 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 8. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.

POLL CONTACT: news@footballfoundation.com

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF FOOTBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN & NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION

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