Twelve Terps Garner Preseason All-Big Ten Recognition





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COLLEGE PARK, MD – Twelve members of the Maryland football team have earned All-Big Ten preseason honors from Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, the two publications announced last week.

Six Terps: CB Jakorian BennettWR Dontay Demus Jr.WR Rakim JarretDL Mosiah Nasili-KiteK Chad Ryland and QB Taulia Tagovailoa were on both publications’ Preseason All-Big Ten lists.

Nasili-Kite earned pre-season first team honors from Phil Steele. The redshirt senior defensive lineman totaled 37 tackles (25 solo) last year and ranked second on the team with seven tackles for a 35-yard loss and third on the team with four sacks for 28 yards. In 2020, Nasili-Kite led the Big Ten in sacks per game.

Jarrett earned second team recognition from Athlon Sports and Phil Steele. The junior led the Terps in all receiving categories with 62 receptions for 829 yards and five touchdowns, ranking seventh in program history in single-season receptions.

Bennett earned second-team honors from Phil Steele and third-team honors from Athlon. The senior cornerback led all Power Five players last season and ranked sixth in the FBS with 16 pass breakups, the most by a Terp since Domonique Foxworth had 22 in 2003.

Demus Jr. earned a spot on Athlon and Phil Steele’s third team. Three-time honorable mention All-Big Ten, Demus Jr. led the Big Ten and ranked 11th in the nation in receiving yards and ranked third in the conference in two receptions per game (5.6) and sixth in touchdowns when injured in Game 5 of the season last year.

Ryland, a transfer from Eastern Michigan, also earned a third-team spot on both publications. The senior holds the Eastern Michigan career-high points scored with 309.

Tagovailoa, one of the best quarterbacks in the nation entering 2022, earned third-team recognition from both outlets. The 2021 New Era Pinstripe Bowl MVP set program single-season records in passing yards (3,860), completions (328), completion percentage (69.2%), passing touchdowns (26) and 300-yard passing games (7) last season.

Athlon Sports Pre-Season All-Big Ten
second team

WR Rakim Jarret

LO Jaelyn Duncan
Third team

QC Taulia Tagovailoa

WR Dontay Demus
CC Jakorian Bennett

K Chad Ryland
fourth team

DL Mosiah Nasili-Kite

CC Deonte Banks

Phil Steele All-Big Ten preseason
first team

DL Mosiah Nasili-Kite
second team

WR Rakim Jarret

CC Jakorian Bennett
Third team

QC Taulia Tagovailoa

WR Dontay Demus Jr.

K Chad Ryland
fourth team

AND Dyches Corey

DL Friend Finau

LB Ruben Hyppolite II
CC Tarheeb again

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