Thursday, May 24, 2018

If catching 80 receptions for 1,033 yards and scoring 8 touchdowns this season wasn’t enough. Junior wide receiver, DJ Moore, has been named First-Team All-Big Ten.

The last player to receive the First-Team All-Big Ten award was Torrey Smith in 2010 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Yannick Ngakoue (2015) and William Likely III (2015) are the only Maryland players besides Moore to earn first team all-conference.

In addition to that, Moore has also received the Richter- Howard receiver of the year award.

Although Maryland had a rough season, only winning four games, this did not stop Moore from smashing records.

The Philadelphia native led the Big Ten in receptions (80) and receiving yards (1,033) and is also tied for fourth in most touchdown catches. Moore is the fifth receiver in University of Maryland’s history to reach 200 yards receptions in a single game and broke the record with 80 receptions in a single season. Along with Marcus Badgett (1992) and Smith (2010), Moore is the third Maryland receiver in history to go over 1,000 yards.

DJ Moore has proved himself since stepping on the Terps field in 2015 and is only getting better.  His freshman year alone Moore tied for the team lead, has three touchdown receptions and was ranked second in catches. Since Stefon Diggs in 2012, Moore three touchdown catches were the most for a Maryland freshman.  Sophomore year, Moore started in all 13 games for Maryland, leading the team in receiving yards and kick returns. In addition to being #2 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 with a highlight touchdown catch, Moore average about 15 yards per play as a sophomore the most among all Big Ten players. Junior year Moore broke multiple personal and school records. Breaking his career high with eight passes for 83 yards against UCF and caught seven passes for 133 yards against Texas breaking another career high.

These records might soon come to an end as Moore decides whether or not to leave Maryland football behind and enter the NFL draft.

Junior running back Ty Johnson and junior left tackle Derwin Gray were also recognized as Big Ten honorable mentions Along with four players from Maryland’s defense. Linebacker Jermaine Carter, cornerback JC Jackson, safety Darnell Savage, and cornerback Antoine Brooks.

Gray help the Terps rush 1,940 yards while starting all twelve games. Blocking his first career goal, Gray ran back for a 71-yard touchdown. Helping Maryland win their first game of the season against Texas. Johnson, ranked eighth in the Big Ten, helped lead the Terps with 6 yards per carry. Ranking him third in the conference, and 132 yards per game, putting him as fourth best in the league. Johnson also became the 13th player to have more than 2,000 rushing yard in school history.

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