The Maryland football program went to a bowl game in their first season under new head coach D.J. Durkin in 2016.
With that in mind, the Terrapins have a ton of talent entering the 2017 season and analysts around the country are noticing. Athlon Sports released their All-Big Ten conference team and several Maryland players made an appearance.
The Terps had five players on the Third Team of Athlon Sports’ projection.
Ty Johnson appeared as the Third Team running back behind Saquon Barkley (Penn State), Justin Jackson (Northwestern), Rodney Smith (Minnesota), and LJ Scott (Michigan State). Each of the four teams include two tailbacks, so Johnson is technically the fifth-best back on the list.
Johnson is coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,004 yards and averaged 9.1 yards-per-carry.
D.J. Moore also showed up on the Third Team behind Nick Westbrook (Indiana), DaeSean Hamilton (Penn State), Janarion Grant (Rutgers), Jazz Peavy (Wisconsin), and Parris Campbell (Ohio State). Moore was rated as the sixth-best wideout in the conference.
Moore led Maryland with 41 receptions for 637 yards and six touchdowns.
The final inclusion on the Third Team was offensive tackle Damian Prince. For the offensive line portion of their list, Athlon Sports included four centers and the rest were just general offensive linemen.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive end Jesse Aniebonam was listed as a general defensive lineman. Aniebonam is coming off a season in which he registered a team-high nine sacks in 2016.
Linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. also was on their Third Team. Carter led the Terps with 110 tackles last season while also recording six sacks.
Maryland has plenty of talent that has the potential to earn All-Big Ten honors. Moore could have even bigger numbers this coming season if Caleb Henderson is able to provide stability to the quarterback position.
Johnson should be just as electric and will be sharing the backfield with Lorenzo Harrison and incoming freshman Anthony McFarland.