Likely Named to Athlon Sports Freshman All-America Team

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland defensive back William Likely has been named to the Athlon Sports Freshman All-America Team, the publication announced on Wednesday. Likely is a third-team selection as a return specialist.

In 12 games, Likely averaged 27.0 yards on 24 kickoff returns, which ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 13th nationally. His kickoff return average is currently the third-highest Maryland single-season total all-time and is just shy of Stefon Diggs’ freshman record (28.52) set last season.

On punts, Likely averaged 12.8 yards per return, which ranks fourth in the ACC and 17th nationally. With one game remaining, Likely currently holds the Maryland freshman record previously held by Orlando Strozier (10.46 ypr) set in 1993.

The Belle Glade, Fla., native also returned one punt for a touchdown this season coming against Virginia Tech. Likely returned the kick 63 yards against the Hokies for the first score of his career. On the day, Likely accounted for all of Maryland’s 106 punt return yards, the third-highest total by a conference team this season.

Likely and the Terps are back in action against Marshall on Fri., Dec. 27 in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Ticket information is available through