Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
After a Bowl victory you can expect, some players are going to announce they are heading to another school or for the NFL early, this year it has been a bit of both for Terps program.
Offensive lineman Spencer Anderson and defensive back Jakorian Bennett both announced they’ll return to the team next season, a pair of key returns for a team that is shaping up to be experienced and talented. Tight end Chig Okonkwo received an invite to the combine, a big boost to his prospects of being drafted, and tight end Malik Jackson entered the transfer portal.
“I wish these guys well,” said Terps Head Coach Mike Locksley. “Guys have to do what’s best for them and in the new age of transfers and guys leaving for the NFL, we have to be ready for anything. I am excited about what we have to build on for Fall of 2022 at Maryland.”
Bennett, a senior, will take advantage of the extra year allowance from the NCAA resulting from the COVID-19-riddled season in 2020. The former junior college recruit from Mobile, Ala., led the Big Ten and ranked seventh nationally in pass breakups, with 1.3 per game — the most by a Maryland player since Domonique Foxworth in 2003. His return means Maryland should bring back all three of its starting corners in Bennett, Tarheeb Still and Deonte Banks, who was injured in the first game of the season and didn’t return.
“We will take a look at things over the Winter and see how to prepare for the Spring practices and then we will really know what this team looks like come August,” said Locksley.