Sep 24, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) celebrates in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa declares for draft

Record-setting Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is entering the 2024 NFL Draft, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa entered the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer earlier this month. However, the NCAA denied his waiver request for a sixth year of eligibility, per the reports.

Taulia Tagovailoa, 23, began his career at Alabama in 2019 before following his offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, to Maryland when the latter became head coach there.

He started the past three seasons for the Terrapins, throwing for a Big Ten-record 11,256 yards. He also set school records for career completions (955), single-season completions (328 in 2021), career completion percentage (67.1 percent), single-season completion percentage (69.2 percent in 2021), career passing touchdowns (76) and single-season passing yards (3,860 in 2021).

Tagovailoa opted out of Maryland’s 31-13 victory against Auburn in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.

Tagovailoa was seeking a waiver because he played in five games as a freshman with the Crimson Tide, one more than the limit allowed for a redshirt season.

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Nov 25, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) scores a rushing touchdown during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Taulia Tagovailoa enters transfer portal

Taulia Tagovailoa, formerly the quarterback at Alabama and Maryland, has entered the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Tagovailoa started his career with the Crimson Tide in 2019, then followed his offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, to Maryland when the latter became head coach there.

He started the past three seasons for Maryland, throwing for a Big Ten-record 11,356 yards. He also is first in Terrapins program history in career completions (955), single-season completions (328 in 2021), career completion percentage (67.1 percent), single-season completion percentage (69.2 percent in 2021), career passing touchdowns (76) and single-season passing passing yards (3,860 in 2021).

Tagovailoa opted out of the Music City Bowl vs. Auburn, presumably to ready for the upcoming NFL draft.

Should he transfer, he will need to petition the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility. His five games played in his freshman season at Alabama exceed the four allowed for a redshirt season.

He is the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

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Dec 30, 2023; Nashville, TN, USA; Maryland Terrapins tight end Preston Howard (85) catches a touchdown pass against Auburn Tigers linebacker Eugene Asante (9) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland turns quick start into 31-13 win over Auburn

Billy Edwards Jr. passed for one touchdown and ran for another in place of record-setting quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa to lead Maryland to a 31-13 victory over Auburn in the Music City Bowl on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

Edwards, a redshirt sophomore who attempted 10 passes during the regular season, helped the Terps (8-5) to a 21-0 lead after one quarter. Edwards completed 6 of 20 passes for 126 yards and also ran for a team-high 50 yards on 13 carries.

Tagovailoa opted out of the bowl game after setting almost every Maryland passing record and becoming the Big Ten’s all-time passing yardage leader.

The Terps also used freshman Cameron Edge, who completed 4 of 5 passes for 82 yards.

Auburn starter Payton Thorne completed 13 of 27 passes for 84 yards. Freshman Hank Brown completed 7 of 9 passes for 132 yards in reserve.

It was the fourth consecutive bowl loss for Auburn (6-7), whose last bowl victory was a 63-14 rout of Purdue in the 2018 Music City Bowl.

On Maryland’s first series, Roman Hemby turned a screen pass from Edwards into a 61-yard gain. Edwards scored on a 2-yard keeper on the next play.

Maryland made it 14-0 on its second possession when Edwards hit Preston Howard with a 5-yard scoring pass to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive.

On the Terps’ next possession, Edge hit Kaden Prather in stride deep for a 57-yard gain to the Auburn 3-yard line. Edge found tight end Dylan Wade in the left end zone on the ensuing play to make it 21-0 with 3:24 left in the first quarter.

Auburn got on the board with a 14-play, 80-yard drive, capped by Thorne’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Frazier with 2:34 left in the half.

Jack Howe’s 49-yard field goal put the Terps up 24-7 at the break.

Glendon Miller’s 44-yard interception return extended Maryland’s lead to 31-7 with just over 11 minutes left in the third quarter.

Brown’s 57-yard completion set up Jeremiah Cobb’s 1-yard touchdown run that pulled Auburn within 31-13 with 6:53 left.

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Auburn Tigers quarterback Payton Thorne (1) stretches the ball out as he crosses the goalline for a touchdown against Samford Bulldogs defensive back Kourtlan Marsh (1) during second half action in the AU vs. Samford game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the AU campus in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday September 16, 2023.

Minus star QB, Maryland meets Auburn in Music City Bowl

Instead of having the Big Ten’s all-time passing leader under center, Maryland will turn to a pair of untested quarterbacks when it faces Auburn in the Music City Bowl on Saturday in Nashville.

Maryland (7-5) will be without quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who opted out of the bowl game. Auburn (6-6), under first-year coach Hugh Freeze, will be looking for its first bowl victory since 2018, when the Tigers routed Purdue 63-14 in the Music City Bowl.

Tagovailoa, brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, set almost every Maryland passing record, as well as the Big Ten record for all-time passing yards.

In his absence, the Terrapins will turn to redshirt sophomore Billy Edwards Jr. and redshirt freshman Cameron Edge, who combined for 13 pass attempts in the regular season. Edwards did have six rushing touchdowns, five of them coming on just nine carries the past two games.

“You almost look at this game kind of like a preseason game going into next year,” Maryland coach Mike Locksley said. “We’ve got a lot of faith in Billy. We’ve got a lot of faith in Cam. Both those guys have the ability, the skill set, to operate our system.”

With Tagovailoa at the helm, the Terrapins passed for 284.8 yards per game while rushing for 108.9. Roman Hemby is the leading ground gainer with 663 yards and four rushing touchdowns.

Jeshaun Jones is the leading receiver with 53 catches for 747 yards and four touchdowns. Tai Felton has 48 receptions for 723 yards and six scores. Tight end Corey Dyches had 49 catches for 491 yards, but he entered the transfer portal and will not play.

Maryland won its first five games, but three of its losses were in the rugged Big Ten East to then-No. 4 Ohio State, then-No. 11 Penn State and then-No. 3 Michigan. The Terrapins average 29.6 points per game while allowing 23.3.

Auburn opened with three victories, dropped four straight, then reeled off another three-game winning streak before a disheartening 31-10 home loss to New Mexico State. The Tigers closed the regular season with a 27-24 loss to rival Alabama, allowing the Crimson Tide to score the winning touchdown on a fourth-and-goal pass from the 31-yard line with 32 seconds left.

Thanks to the stunning conclusion, the Crimson Tide earned the final College Football Playoff berth.

Freeze is now looking ahead to the Music City Bowl.

“That’s always a good thing that we have put ourselves in position to get extra practices in,” he said. “We’re playing a very good opponent. It’s going to be a great challenge for us.”

Auburn averages 27.3 points per game while giving up 21.9. The Tigers average 355.5 yards per game, 198.4 on the ground and 157.1 through the air. They allow 361.1 yards per game, including 201.7 passing.

Junior quarterback Payton Thorne has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 139.3 yards per game with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also is the second-leading rusher with 520 yards and three touchdowns.

Jarquez Hunter is the top rusher with 865 yards at 5.9 per carry with seven touchdowns.

Tight end Rivaldo Fairweather, who spent the previous three seasons at Florida International, is the top target with 33 catches for 349 yards and six touchdowns. Wideout Jay Fair has 30 receptions for 300 yards and two scores. Four wide receivers, including Ja’Varrius Johnson, who had 19 catches for 347 yards and three scores, entered the transfer portal.

On defense, Auburn lineman Marcus Harris and cornerbacks Nehemiah Pritchett and D.J. James opted out of the bowl game.

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Nov 11, 2023; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa opts out of bowl game

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is opting out of the Music City Bowl to prepare for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Terrapins coach Mike Locksley announced Tuesday that Tagovailoa, the Big Ten’s all-time passing yards leader, will not play against Auburn in Nashville on Dec. 30.

“We certainly thank him and his family for all he’s given this program over the last four years,” Locksley said. “But like all positions, it’s next man up.”

Billy Edwards Jr. and Cameron Edge, who combined for 13 passing attempts this season, could share the QB duties for the Terrapins (7-5) against the Tigers (6-6).

Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, began his career at Alabama but transferred to Maryland after the 2019 season.

He leaves with the Terrapins’ career records for passing yards (11,256), completions (955), pass attempts (1,424) and touchdown passes (76). He also rushed for 13 scores.

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Nov 25, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Jeshaun Jones (6) gains yards after a catch during the first half as Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Deion Jennings (17) and defensive back Flip Dixon (10) pursues at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Taulia Tagovailoa becomes Big Ten’s top all-time passer as Maryland tops Rutgers

Taulia Tagovailoa became the Big Ten’s all-time leading passer as he guided Maryland to a 42-24 win over host Rutgers in the regular-season finale Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

Tagovailoa completed 24 of 31 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns for the Terrapins (7-5, 4-5 Big Ten). He broke the record on a 6-yard completion to Jeshaun Jones late in the first half and added on after halftime.

Tagovailoa has thrown for 11,256 yards in his Maryland career. He began the day fourth on the list and passed Drew Brees before topping another Purdue quarterback, Curtis Painter, and his previous record of 11,163 yards.

Tai Felton caught five passes for 140 yards and a touchdown for Maryland. Roman Hemby rushed for 113 yards on 15 carries and caught a touchdown.

Rutgers (6-6, 3-6) fell behind 28-3 less than 18 minutes into the game before mounting a comeback that fell short.

Gavin Wimsatt went 13-of-34 passing for 165 yards, a touchdown and an interception and ran for 48 yards and two scores for the Scarlet Knights. Kyle Monangai added 20 carries for 118 yards.

Maryland scored touchdowns on its first four possessions, featuring a 34-yard TD pass to Felton, a 6-yard run by Tagovailoa, a 17-yard completion to Hemby and a wide-open 44-yarder to Corey Dyches.

Rutgers went on a 10-play, 75-yard drive to begin clawing back. Wimsatt’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Young cut it to 28-10 with 6:43 left in the half.

After a Terrapin three-and-out late in the half, Wimsatt hit Isaiah Washington for a 42-yard play that got Rutgers to the 1. Wimsatt ran it in on the next play to make it a manageable 28-17 halftime deficit.

Dyches appeared to have his second touchdown of the game on a 20-yard catch-and-run, but he was ruled down at the 1. Backup quarterback Billy Edwards Jr. pushed it in on the next play for a 35-17 Maryland lead at 9:15 of the third quarter.

Rutgers managed to drive 94 yards in 14 plays, aided by Dillan Fontus’ targeting penalty on what would have been a third-down stop. Wimsatt scored from the 1 again to make it 35-24 with 6:48 to play.

But the Terrapins chewed up most of the remaining clock and Edwards scored his second 1-yard touchdown, one week after rushing for three touchdowns against Michigan.

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Rutgers' Kyle Monangai and the rest of the Scarlet Knights running backs will try to run the ball effectively on Saturday against Michigan State at SHI Stadium.

Maryland, Rutgers aiming to improve bowl positions

After joining the Big Ten together in 2014, Maryland and Rutgers have slowly moved toward the middle of the pack in a tough football conference.

Both the Terrapins and host Scarlet Knights will try to shore things up before bowl season when they meet Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

Both programs have obtained bowl eligibility but will finish behind titans Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State in the final year of the Big Ten East division.

They endured bumpy seasons to get to this point, with Maryland (6-5, 3-5) having lost five of its last six and Rutgers (6-5, 3-5) on a three-game skid.

Maryland made it close against No. 3 Michigan last Saturday in a 31-24 home loss, even as veteran quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa threw two interceptions and lost a fumble without recording a touchdown.

“You don’t win big games losing the turnover battle,” Maryland coach Mike Locksley said. “Losing that turnover battle 3-1 is costly. It’s the part of our program development that we have got to get fixed. We’re doing everything we can and we’ll continue to do everything we can to get that part fixed.”

Rutgers has watched its offense deflate over the past several weeks as it scored 16, zero and six points against then-No. 1 Ohio State, No. 22 Iowa and No. 12 Penn State.

Kyle Monangai, who led the Big Ten in rushing for a time, has been held to 39 yards for two straight weeks.

“Unfortunately Maryland is really good on defense,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. “I think they are somewhere … in the top 40 (for) defense in the country. I was kind of hoping when I throw the tape on that I was going to see a defense that was so-so and we could get back on track. But these guys are really good. But that’s life in the Big Ten.”

Rutgers quarterback Gavin Wimsatt has not thrown for more than 130 yards since a win over Michigan State on Oct. 14. His season high is just 198, though he’s accounted for 15 total touchdowns (eight passing, seven rushing).

Maryland has won two straight and four of five in the series, including a 37-0 beatdown in last year’s regular-season finale. In that game, Tagovailoa went 25-for-37 passing for 342 yards and a touchdown and Roman Hemby rushed for 70 yards and three scores.

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Nov 4, 2023; College Park, Maryland, USA;  Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Abdul Carter (11) celebrates after sacking Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) dung the first half at SECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 11 Penn State pummels Maryland, 51-15

Drew Allar tied a career high by throwing four touchdowns and No. 11 Penn State cruised to a 51-15 victory over slumping Maryland on Saturday in College Park, Md.

Penn State (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) rebounded from a pair of shaky performances in a loss at top-ranked Ohio State two weeks ago and a 33-21 win over Indiana last week when it blew a 10-point lead in the fourth.

Allar delivered a steady performance by completing 25 of 34 passes for 240 yards while leading six lengthy scoring drives. He threw two TDs to Dante Cephas and one apiece to Theo Johnson and Tyler Warren.

Allar helped the Nittany Lions control the ball for 37:14 as their offense totaled 404 yards and gained 25 first downs.

Kaytron Allen rushed for 91 yards, including a 10-yard TD with about nine minutes left that gave Penn State a 37-15 lead and sealed matters.

KeAndre Lambert-Smith finished with eight catches for 95 yards, including a 20-yard reception that set up Allen’s score.

Alex Felkins added three field goals and backup quarterback Beau Pribula scored Penn State’s final TD.

Taulia Tagovailoa completed his first 17 passes and was 29 of 39 for 286 yards and threw TDs to Roman Hemby and Jeshaun Jones but Maryland (5-4, 2-4) struggled with its offensive line.

Tagovailoa also got sacked six times after taking six sacks in last week’s loss to Northwestern. Maryland also struggled to get anything going on the ground, finishing with minus-49 yards on 16 attempts while its offense committed four turnovers.

After Maryland did not convert a fourth down near midfield, the Nittany Lions went ahead with 8:41 left in the first when Cephas stayed in bounds after officials initially ruled he was out on a 6-yard score. Aided by Lambert-Smith’s 38-yard reception, Penn State took a 14-0 lead on Johnson’s 2-yard score right before the end of the first.

Tagovailoa survived three sacks on Maryland’s first drive of the second and his 7-yard pass to Hemby made it 14-7 with 7:59 left. Penn State countered with its third lengthy scoring drive and took a 21-7 edge on Warren’s 8-yard TD with 2:34 to go. Penn State settled for a 30-yard field goal by Felkins for a 24-7 lead with 9:26 left in the third, Cephas caught a 15-yard TD early in the fourth to make it 31-7.

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Apr 30, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; Houston Gamblers head coach Kevin Sumlin argues with the referees during the first half at Protective Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland co-OC Kevin Sumlin away from team after DUI charge

Maryland co-offensive coordinator Kevin Sumlin is away from the team this week after being booked on driving under the influence charges over the weekend in Florida.

Head coach Mike Locksley also told reporters Tuesday that Sumlin faces unspecified discipline.

Amid Maryland’s bye week, Sumlin was arrested early Saturday morning, per a Hillsborough County (Fla.) police report. He refused a breathalyzer test, pleaded not guilty and waived arraignment.

“We’re aware of the charges. It’s disappointing. As coaches, we have to set the example and model the behavior that we want (from) our players — and we take it very seriously,” Locksley said. “At the same time, I will also say he’s part of our football family, and we’re going to support Kevin.”

The Maryland student newspaper, The Diamondback, was first to report the news of his arrest. Per the report, there was no crash or property damage leading to Sumlin’s arrest.

Sumlin, 59, has served as the head coach of Houston (2008-11), Texas A&M (2012-17) and Arizona (2018-20). He is in his first season at Maryland as the co-OC, the tight ends coach and the associate head coach.

As a college head coach, Sumlin had a career 95-63 record, including 4-3 in bowl games.

Sumlin spent 2022 as the head coach and general manager of the Houston Gamblers of the USFL.

Maryland (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) plays at Northwestern this Saturday.

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Apr 30, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; Houston Gamblers head coach Kevin Sumlin argues with the referees during the first half at Protective Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland co-OC Kevin Sumlin arrested, charged with DUI

Kevin Sumlin, currently the co-offensive coordinator at Maryland, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence over the weekend in Tampa, Fla.

Amid Maryland’s bye week, Sumlin was arrested early Saturday morning, per a Hillsborough County (Fla.) police report. He refused a breathalyzer test, pleaded not guilty and waived arraignment.

Maryland athletics has yet to comment. The Maryland student newspaper, The Diamondback, was first to report the news.

Per the report, there was no crash or property damage leading to Sumlin’s arrest.

Sumlin, 59, has served as the head coach of Houston (2008-11), Texas A&M (2012-17) and Arizona (2018-20). He is in his first season at Maryland as the co-OC, the tight ends coach and the associate head coach.

As a head coach, Sumlin had a career 95-63 record, including 4-3 in bowl games.

Maryland (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) plays at Northwestern this Saturday.

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