Pair of Second Team Selections Highlight All-Big Ten Teams for Maryland Football

13 players from Maryland football were named to the All-Big Ten teams this week, highlighted by a pair of second-team selections.

Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was named coaches second-team all-Big Ten, joining Chad Ryland one day after being named second-team kicker. Tagovailoa was named an honorable mention by the media, but it’s a deserving recognition after padding his historic career in College Park again this season.

Tagovailoa completed 243 of his 354 pass attempts for 2,787 yards and 17 touchdowns during his redshirt junior season. The quarterback ranks second in the Big Ten in completions and completion percentage (68.6), and third in passing yards. Tagovailoa has rewritten Maryland’s record books, as he’s now the program leader in career touchdown passes (50), career passing yards (7,658), total offense (7,843) and 300-yard passing games (12).

Ryland, meanwhile, finished the season 16-of-20 on his field goal attempts, including 13-of-14 on attempts inside 50 yards, and ranks second nationally with three made 50-plus yard field goals. The former Eastern Michigan kicker was regarded as arguably the top kicker in the transfer portal last season and could become the second former Terp kicker to move onto the NFL over the last ten years.

Maryland also saw five players on offense and six on defense and special teams named All-Big Ten honorable mention selections. On the offensive side of the ball, Maryland saw offensive lineman Jaelyn Duncan (media & coaches), tight end Corey Dyches (media), offensive lineman DJ Glaze (coaches), running back Roman Hemby (media & coaches) and wide receiver Rakim Jarrett (media & coaches). On defense and special teams, defensive backs Deonte Banks (media), Jakorian Bennett (media & coaches) and Beau Brade (media), linebacker Jaishawn Barham (media), defensive lineman Ami Finau (media & coaches) and punter Colton Spangler (media & coaches) drew honors.

Duncan, now a three-time Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection, has 38 career starts in a Terrapin uniform. He’s blocked for a Maryland passing offense that ranks third in the Big Ten by averaging 259.3 yards per game in the air. Duncan was selected to participate in the 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Dyches has 35 receptions for 449 yards and three touchdowns on the year, all of which rank Top 25 in the Big ten. The junior, who has a reception in 14 consecutive games, posted Maryland’s longest reception of the year when he hauled in a 68-yard touchdown catch against Purdue.

Glaze has started every game for the Terps this season, 11 at right tackle and one at left tackle. The redshirt sophomore is the second highest graded pass blocking tackle in the Big Ten and seventh in the FBS with an 85.7 grade.

Hemby finished his redshirt freshman season with 924 rushing yards and led all Big Ten freshmen with 1,200 yards from scrimmage. The running back scored 10 touchdowns on the ground, the most for a Terrapin since 2015.

Jarrett tied for the team lead with 40 receptions, while also ranking second on the team in receiving yards (471) and receiving touchdowns (3). The wide receiver has a reception in 25 consecutive games dating back to 2020.

Banks registered nine pass break-ups and an interception and didn’t allow a reception of over 30 yards when targeted the entire season. According to Pro Football Focus, Banks is only allowing a 43.3-percent completion percentage when targeted this year by opposing offenses (26-for-60), the 18th-best mark in the nation and second-best in the Big Ten. The Edgewater, Maryland native has the option to return for another season and could do so in an effort to bolster his NFL stock, leading the Terps’ secondary.

Bennett, who opted to return in 2022 for one more season, ranks sixth in the Big Ten in pass break-ups (10) and seventh in passes defensed (11). Bennett is also tied for the FBS lead in passes defended since the beginning of the 2021 season with 27 and has the most career passes defended per game of any active Power 5 player (1.07). Bennett will wrap up his college career as one of three current players headed to the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

In his first season as a starting safety, Brade leading the team in both tackles (78) and interceptions (2), while tying for the team lead with two forced fumbles. The junior ranks seventh in the Big Ten in solo tackles (49), while also adding four tackles for loss and five pass break-ups to his impressive stat line.

Barham, a former blue chip prospect out of St. Frances, became a mainstay as a starter in a veteran Inside linebacker room. Barham led all Big Ten freshmen with 53 tackles and led the team with 6.5 tackles for loss, while also tying for the team lead and ranking 18th in the Big Ten with 4.0 sacks.

Finau was a steading force along the Maryland defensive line, starting all 12 games during his senior season. Finau ranked third on the team with five tackles for loss, while also adding 29 total tackles to his stat line.

Spangler ranks third in the Big Ten and 16th nationally in punting average (45.1 yards per punt). A Ray Guy Award Watch List selection, Spangler booted two punts over 60 yards and 12 punts over 50 yards, while pinning 14 punts inside the 20-yard line this season.

Maryland will wrap up its 2022 season with a bowl game that is yet to be announced.

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