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Report: Ex-Houston QB D’Eriq King to visit Maryland after Miami trip

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Last year, everybody wanted to know where Jalen Hurts would transfer to. This year? D’Eriq King might take that mantle.

The Houston quarterback entered the NCAA Transfer Portal shortly before the national title game on Monday and is already moving on to lining up visits. One of the first stops on King’s transfer tour? We already know that a trip to Miami to check out the Hurricanes on the docket but that’s not all on a busy weekend. According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland is on deck for the signal-caller this Saturday.

The Terps turning to a graduate transfer is nothing new. Head coach Mike Locksley brought in Josh Jackson to mixed success in 2019 after the latter left Virginia Tech. King, however, would represent a much more dynamic option behind center for the team.

King set numerous records with the Cougars and scored 50 touchdowns (36 passing and 14 rushing) in 2018 alone. The prolific numbers also came despite the fact that he missed two games due to a knee injury. While UH had long maintained that King’s surprising redshirt decision this past season was part of a plan that would see him return to the team for 2020, things have played out pretty much as expected in him looking elsewhere.

Whether he lands in College Park remains to be seen but it’s no surprise Locksley is dipping into the market. Tyrrell Pigrome is a senior but isn’t quite up to Big Ten passing standards and depth behind him is limited. That’s always an issue at Maryland given the injury history at the position too.

Landing somebody like King would be quite a coup for the Terps but it’s pretty clear they’ll be just one of several programs in hot pursuit of the Texas native’s services.

Former Maryland DB Qwuantrezz Knight now transferring from Kent State

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A former member of the Maryland Terrapins football team is now a former player on yet another team. At least, he’s nearly former.

According to 247Sports.com, Qwuantrezz Knight is now listed in the NCAA transfer database. The defensive back just completed his first season at Kent State.

This past season, Knight led the Golden Flashes in tackles for loss with 10.5.  In Kent’s first-ever bowl win this past season, Knight was named as the game’s defensive MVP.

The move is odd, if for nothing more than the struggle Knight went through just to see the field in 2019.

Leaving the Maryland Terrapins football program shortly after head coach DJ Durkin was fired amidst scandal in the midst of the 2018 season, Knight ultimately transferred to Kent State in January of last year.  Four months later, Knight filed an appeal with the NCAA for a waiver that would’ve granted him immediate eligibility, a waiver that cited “depression symptoms”; in early June, that initial waiver was denied.

Armed with the ability to appeal the original decision, Knight did as much and it proved successful as the MAC program confirmed in June of last year that the appeal was successful and the waiver granted.

Presumably, Knight will be leaving Kent as a graduate transfer.  That would allow him to play immediately at a third FBS school.

Wake Forest lands Maryland transfer Terrance Davis

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Wake Forest football has countered a personnel loss on offense with a huge addition on the same side of the ball.

247Sports.com confirmed Tuesday that Terrance Davis has decided to transfer into the Wake Forest football program and continue his collegiate playing career for the Demon Deacons.  The offensive lineman’s addition has yet to be confirmed by Wake.

“Davis is enrolled in classes and will likely be able to participate in spring camp,” the website wrote. On his personal Twitter account, Davis also indicated that he’s headed to Wake.

Davis announced he had opted to transfer from Maryland the same day he confirmed a move to Wake.

“These past 4 years have been beyond what I could imagine when I decided to attend the University of Maryland,” the lineman wrote. “You all let a kid live out his dream of playing for and representing his hometown school.  You watched that same kid grow into a man right before your eyes.”

Because he leaves the Terrapins as a graduate of the university, he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the Demon Deacons in 2020.

A four-star 2016 signee, Davis was the No. 3 offensive guard in the country and the No. 2 player regardless of position in the state of Maryland.

His first three seasons, he started 27 games at right guard for the Terps.  In 2019, the 6-3, 317-pound lineman started the first four games at the same position as well before going down with a knee injury.  That injury allowed him to take a redshirt for this past season.

According to 247Sports, “Davis will have more starting experience than every other [returning] Wake Forest offensive lineman combined.”

Washington hands keys to offense over to John Donovan

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Officially, there will be no Kellen Moore directing the Washington Huskies football offense.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the former Boise State quarterback was deciding between the job at UW and remaining with the Dallas Cowboys.  Amidst reports that Moore had decided to stay in the NFL, the Huskies announced Friday morning that Jimmy Lake has named John Donovan as his offensive coordinator.  Donovan will also coach the Huskies’ quarterbacks.

Donovan comes to Seattle from the NFL, having spent the past four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Coach Donovan has a great deal of experience at both the college and NFL levels, learning from a lot of great offensive minds about coaching the kind of aggressive, pro-style offense we want to play here at Washington,” the new Washington Huskies football head coach said in a statement. “From my own experience, I know how much a coach can learn and grow by spending significant time in the NFL. I’m excited for him to get to Seattle and get started.”

During his time with the Jaguars, Donovan worked with running backs (2019), quarterbacks (2017-18) and wide receivers (2016).

Donovan’s collegiate stops include Penn State (2014-15), Vanderbilt (2011-13) and Maryland (2001-10).

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a great university, with unbelievable football tradition, like the University of Washington,” Donovan said. “Thanks to Coach Lake and everyone involved for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting started. Go Dawgs!”

This past season, the Huskies were fifth in the Pac-12 and 41st nationally in scoring offense at 32 points per game.  Their 391.2 yards of total offense per game was seventh in the conference and 79th in the country.

The day after Christmas, starting quarterback Jacob Eason announced he would be leaving UW early for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Boston College adds UMass DC Aazaar Abdul-Rahim

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Slowly but surely, Jeff Hafley is putting together his first Boston College football coaching staff, especially on the defensive side.

Earlier this week, Hafley hired his coordinators on both sides of the ball. A couple days later, a linebackers coach was hired.

Thursday, a linebackers coach was added as Hafley named Aazaar Abdul-Rahim to that post. Abdul-Rahim spent the 2019 season as the defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach at UMass.

Abdul-Rahim got his start at the collegiate level as a football staffer at Alabama.

“Aazaar is one of the top recruiters in college football and will be a tremendous addition to our program,” the first-year Boston College football head coach said in a statement. “He was with Coach Saban at Alabama working with the defensive backs and most recently comes to us from UMass where he was defensive coordinator. Aazaar is what we are all about: he has high character and is someone who loves people. We are excited to add a great football coach like Aazaar to our BC football family.”

Prior to UMass, Abdul-Rahim, who played his college football at San Diego State, was the cornerbacks coach (2018) and defensive backs coach (2016-17) at Maryland. During his two years with Nick Saban, he was a defensive analyst (2014) and assistant director of player personnel (2015).