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Maryland again suspends WR Juwann Winfree

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Back in November, Maryland’s Juwann Winfree was suspended for a pair of games for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct.  Seven months later, it’s lather, rinse and repeat for the wide receiver.

Maryland confirmed Monday afternoon that Winfree has been suspended indefinitely from Randy Edsall‘s football program.  And, once again, the suspension is connected to a violation of the student-athlete code of conduct.

Last season, Winfree caught 11 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.  Because of attrition, Winfree would be in line for a bigger role in the Terps’ passing offense.

Thanks to Marcus Leak withdrawing from school late last month, the Terps won’t return their top four in receiving yards from the 2014 season: Stefon Diggs (792, early entry into NFL draft), Deon Long (575, expired eligibility) Leak (297) and Jacquille Veii (230, transfer).

Those four departures mean that the leading returning receiver in terms of yards is Amba Etta-Tawo (222). The leading returning receiver in receptions is running back Wes Brown (21). The good news for the Terps is that Levern Jacobs, the team’s leading receiver in 2013, is returning from an injury that cost him most of the 2014 season.

Terps’ pass-catching corps springs another Leak

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Last month it was reported that running back Jacquille Veii, a pass-catching threat out of the backfield, had decided to leave the Terrapins.  A month later, the Terps’ passing game has taken another hit.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Marcus Leak has withdrawn from school due to personal reasons.  In May of 2013, Leak left under similar circumstances, although he ultimately returned.

It’s unclear if a return is in the cards this time around as well.

Last season, Leak was third on the team in receptions (20) and receiving yards (297), while he was second in receiving touchdowns (three).  With Leak’s departure, the Terps won’t return their top four in receiving yards from the 2014 season: Stefon Diggs (792, early entry into NFL draft), Deon Long (575, expired eligibility) and Veii (230).

Those four departures mean that the leading returning receiver in terms of yards is Amba Etta-Tawo (222). The leading returning receiver in receptions is running back Wes Brown (21). The good news for the Terps is that Levern Jacobs, the team’s leading receiver in 2013, is returning from an injury that cost him most of the 2014 season.

Leak’s departure comes one day after Maryland announced the addition of quarterback Daxx Garman as a graduate transfer.

Week 10, Statistically Speaking

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A numerical snapshot of the week that was in college football…

.850 — Duke’s winning percentage with Anthony Boone as a starter (17-3), the highest mark in the program’s history.  Worth Lutz‘s record of .846 has stood for 60 years (1951-54, 11-2).

0 — Number of intersectional foes that have played continuously longer than Notre Dame and Navy, meeting every year since 1927 (88 games).  The Irish’s 43 straight wins over the Midshipmen from 1964-2006 remains the longest winning streak by one team over another in FBS history.

1 — FBS quarterbacks with at least 150 pass attempts who have not thrown an interception this season, that one being Utah’s Travis Wilson (165 attempts).  Last season, Wilson’s 16 interceptions — in just 237 attempts — were the second-most in the nation. Ball State’s Jack Milas has not thrown a pick in 116 attempts.

1.1 — Number of interceptions Louisville’s Gerod Holliman has averaged per game this season.  His 10 interceptions in nine games are the most for an FBS player since North Carolina State’s David Amerson recorded 13 in 13 games in 2011.  The all-time FBS record for interceptions in a season is 14 by Washington’s Al Worley in 1968.  I should also add that Ole Miss’ Senquez Golson has nine picks in the same number of games.

1-34 — Kansas’ record in Big 12 play over the last 35 conference games, stretching back to early November of 2010. The Jayhawks haven’t won back-to-back league games since October of 2008.

3 — Players who have thrown for more than 3,000 yards through the first 10 weeks of the season, with Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty and Cal’s Jared Goff joining the group.  Entering this week’s slate of games, there was one — Washington State’s Connor Halliday, who sustained what turned out to be a season-ending injury Saturday.

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Group of Five duo claim Week 10 Walter Camp honors

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Move over, Power Five players.  It’s the Group of Five’s turn on the weekly honors stage.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation, as it does every Sunday, announced its national players of the week for the 10th weekend of the season.  On offense, the honor went Wyoming’s Brian Hill.

The running back totaled 387 all-purpose yards in Saturday night’s 45-17 win over Fresno State, setting a single-game Mountain West record (378, New Mexico’s Deon Long in 2011).  He had 281 yards rushing, the most by an FBS player this season, as well as 106 yards on three receptions.

Hill’s effort pulled the Cowboys to within two wins of bowl eligibility in the first season under Craig Bohl.

Hill is the first Wyoming player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors. He’s also the second MWC player this season (Air Force DB Weston Steelhammer, Sept. 28) to be recognized for Camp accolades.

On the defensive side of the ball, Temple’s Praise Martin-Oguike earned the, ummm, praise of the Camp folks for his play against East Carolina. In that 20-10 upset, Martin-Oguike was credited with 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt.

Martin-Oguike is the second Owl to earn Camp Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former defensive end Adrian Robinson back in 2010.

Maryland wins B1G debut going away

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Don’t look now, but Maryland (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) is currently in first place in the Big Ten’s East Division. Maryland took to the road for the first Big Ten conference game in program history and quickly took out all of the momentum Indiana (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) attempted to carry over from last week’s win at Missouri. Maryland won the school’s Big Ten debut with a 37-15 decision.

Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown had completed 10 of 15 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown. Brown had to be replaced in the game by Caleb Rowe in the third quarterback due to an injured wrist. The offense did not lose a beat, with Rowe also completing 10 of 15 pass attempts for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Maryland’s play-making receivers Stefon Diggs (112 yards, 1 TD) and Deon Long (105 yards) helped keep Indiana’s defense on its toes.

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown, but the Hoosiers were unable to get much of anything going from start to finish. Nate Sudfeld struggled by completing just 14 of 35 pass attempts for 126 yards and the offense had to resort to four field goal attempts, converting on three.

Yes, it is early, but Maryland fans have to take some pride in looking at the updated Big Ten standings and seeing the Terps sitting on top of the east. With Penn State losing at home to Northwestern, Maryland took over the top spot in the standings for at least one week. Michigan State and Ohio State will open Big Ten play next week. Michigan opened Big Ten play this afternoon against Minnesota. Rutgers had already lost to Penn State.

Maryland will look for another Big Ten win next week when they host the Buckeyes for a noon kickoff. Indiana will look to rebound with a non-conference match-up with North Texas. Indiana’s next Big Ten game will be in two weeks at Iowa.