Maryland Football: DJ Moore Earns Conference Recognition

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Maryland Wide Receiver DJ Moore was given the Richter-Howard Award for Big Ten Receiver of the Year.

This announcement an recognition comes after quite the record setting season for Moore. He led the conference in both receptions (80) and yards (1,033).

During the 2017 season, Moore really proved his versatility and importance to the Maryland Football Program. He consistently showed that he was a superior athlete, which is something Maryland fans have not seen since Stefon Diggs had his time in College Park.

A few notable points have come up about DJ Moore’s numbers this season. His 80 receptions are a new Maryland single-season record, passing Geroy Simon who finished 1994 with 78 catches. Moore also has a catch in 33 consecutive games, which dates back to a battle with West Virginia in 2015 during his freshman season. That was a game that Moore was unavailable to play in, meaning that Moore has at least one reception in  every game he has played in during his college career.

Moore was able to catch the ball, but also run and pass as well. With the injury bug haunting Maryland football this season, Moore’s statistics never slowed down. If anything, it allowed him to expand his repertoire for Maryland fans.

These talents have not gone unnoticed by those outside the Big Ten, as DJ Moore is currently projected to be a draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In fact, Moore has been projected as high as a second or third round pick.

After the season finale against Penn State, Moore admitted he has no timeline for making a decision on whether he will return to College Park for his senior season or enter the NFL Draft.

The Terrapins could use his versatility next season, and hopefully with healthier quarterbacks, Moore can help boost his draft position and bring Maryland back to a postseason game.