March 20, 2018

Durkin tabbed as next Maryland football head coach

By Kyle McFadden (@k_fadd)

On Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:20 pm, the University of Maryland football account took to Twitter announcing it’s next football coach. Michigan defensive coordinator, D.J. Durkin, will officially take over the duties that were left behind by Randy Edsall.

Durkin will bring a fiery demeanor, recruiting prowess and coaching lineage to Urban Meyer (Florida) and Jim Harbaugh (Michigan) onto College Park. Many assume that the new offense Maryland may sport will be along the lines of an Ohio State spread-power attack.

UMD fired Edsall on October 11th after a musty 2-4 start of the season and then showed little, to no improvement under interim head coach Mike Locksley, who is expected to remain with the staff, per source.

Prior to his coaching duties in Michigan as a defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, he held positions with the Florida Gators from 2010 to 2012.

Durkin will inherit a highly touted recruiting class and numerous of underclass standouts:


Adam McLean, incoming redshirt freshman defensive lineman, #12 2015 defensive lineman in the nation

Darryl Turner, incoming true freshman wide reciever, top-150 2016 wide receiver in the nation

Devin Butler, incoming true freshman, #62 2016 athlete in the nation

DJ Moore, incoming sophomore wide receiver, 357 yards and 3 TD’s on 25 receptions

Dwayne Haskins, incoming true freshman quarterback, #2 2016 quarterback prospect in the nation

EJ Donahue, incoming redshirt freshman offensive tackle, top-100 2015 offensive tackle in the nation

Jake Funk, incoming true freshman running back, Maryland high school football 2nd all-time leading scorer and single season scoring record (50 TD’s)

Jermaine Carter, incoming sophomore linebacker, All-Big Ten honorable mention

Keandre Jones, incoming true freshman linebacker, #9 2016 outside linebacker in the nation

Levern Jacobs, incoming senior wide receiver, 425 yards and 3 TD’s on 35 receptions

Lorenzo Harrison, incoming true freshman running back, top-100 2016 running back

Michael Dunn, incoming senior offensive lineman, All-Big Ten honorable mention

Parnell Motley, incoming true freshman, #52 2016 athlete in the nation

Quinton Jefferson, incoming senior defensive lineman, All-Big Ten honorable mention

Quarvez Boulware, incoming redshirt freshman offensive guard, #28 2015 offensive guard in the nation

Taivon Jacobs, incoming junior wide receiver, 264 yards and 2 TD’s on 21 receptions

Tino Ellis, incoming true freshman wide receiver, #70 2016 wide receiver in the nation

Ty Johnson, incoming sophomore running back, 250 yards and 3 TD’s on 35 carries

Tyrone Hill, incoming true freshman safety, #56 2016 safety in the nation

William Likely, incoming senior defensive back/return specialist, First Team All-Big Ten defensive back, Rodgers-Swight Return Specialist of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten return specialist

About Kyle McFadden 416 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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