The Maryland football team made great strides in 2016 under first-year Head Coach DJ Durkin, doubling its win total from the prior season.
The Terps started the year 4-0 and won five of their first seven games, including a victory over Michigan State. After falling in three straight games to nationally-ranked teams, including a pair of matchups against Top 5 squads, Maryland defeated Rutgers, 31-13, in its season finale to garner bowl eligibility.
Maryland reached its third bowl game in the last four years and 27th bowl game all-time when the Terps faced off against Boston College in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl, which was played at Ford Field in Detroit.
Let’s take a look back at the many individual and team accomplishments that occurred during the 2016 season.
Ty Johnson – Sophomore Running Back
*Johnson finished the year with 1,004 rushing yards, becoming just the ninth Terp and first since Da'Rel Scott (2008) to reach the 1,000-yard milestone. He also became just the eighth player in school history to post five 100-yard rushing performances in a single-season.
*Johnson reached the 1,000-yard rushing plateau on just 110 rushing attempts, the fewest rushing attempts ever for a Terp to reach the milestone.
*Johnson set the single-season Maryland record for yards per carry (100 attempts) with 9.13 in 2016. He broke a record that was set by Ed Modzelewski (7.38) in 1951.
*Johnson made a habit of breaking loose for huge plays this season, totaling 10 plays of at least 40 yards or more (all coming in the final 10 games of the season). Nine of the 10 big plays were rushing attempts. Johnson averaged 10.9 yards on 13 carries against Indiana, becoming just the eighth player in Maryland history to average 10 yards/carry in a single game (min. 10 carries). He also made history against Purdue when he rushed for 204 yards on just seven carries - the best yards/carry (29.1) mark for a 200-yard rusher in FBS over the last 20 years.
D.J. Moore – Sophomore Wide Receiver
*Moore led the Terps with six receiving touchdowns in 2016. He has totaled 9 receiving touchdowns in his first two seasons, tying for the most in school history. Stefon Diggs (2012-13), Jermaine Lewis (1992-93) and Dan Bungori (1971-72) also caught nine TDs in their first two seasons in a Terp uniform.
*Moore’s six TD grabs in 2016 is the 11th-most all-time in a single-season at Maryland. It’s the most touchdowns for a Terps wide receiver since Stefon Diggs also had six in 2012. Moore’s nine career TD grabs also ties him with Vernon Davis (2003-05) and two others for 15th in Maryland history.
*Moore currently leads all Maryland receivers with a reception in 21 consecutive games dating back to Oct. 3, 2015. It is the longest streak for a Terrapin receiver since Torrey Smith pieced together a 30-game streak from Nov. 6, 2008 to the final game of his career on Dec. 29, 2010. Moore is just six yards shy of reaching 1,000 reception yards for his career.
Perry Hills – Senior Quarterback
*Hills led the Big Ten in completion percentage (61.9) and ranked second in passing efficiency (140.4).
*Hills vastly improved his output from a season ago, throwing 12 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2016 compared to eight touchdown passes and 13 interceptions in 2015.
*The Pittsburgh, Pa., native finished his five-year career ranked 6th in career touchdowns responsible for (39) t-6th in career passing touchdowns (29), 8th in career offensive yards (4,537) 11th in career completions (314) and 11th in career passing yards (3,887).
Levern Jacobs – Senior Wide Receiver
*After a slow start to the season in which he totaled just three catches for 20 yards in the first five games, Jacobs exploded over the final eight games for 38 catches, 419 yards and two touchdown catches to cap off an excellent career.
*Jacobs finished as one of the all-time best receivers in Maryland history, ranking 7th in career receptions (130) and 12th in career receiving yards (1,544).
Lorenzo Harrison III – Freshman Running Back
*Harrison finished his rookie campaign with 633 yards on just 88 carries in nine appearances. His 7.2 yards per carry is the most ever for a Maryland freshman (min. 75 attempts). Harrison ended the year just 57 yards shy of breaking LaMont Jordan’s freshman school rushing record. Harrison also became the first Maryland running back even to score rushing touchdowns in each of his first four games.
Jermaine Carter, Jr. – Junior Linebacker
*Carter led the Terps in tackles for the second straight season, while also ranking third in the Big Ten with 110 tackles. Teammate Shane Cockerille finished just behind Carter, ending the year fourth in the Big Ten with 108 tackles.
Jesse Aniebonam – Junior Defensive End
*Aniebonam ended a break-out 2016 season with 9.0 sacks. He led the Terps in the category and tied for fourth in the Big Ten. Aniebonam also paced Maryland and ranked eighth in the Big Ten with 14 tackles for loss.
*Aniebonam made his tackles in the backfield count, totaling 89 yards on tackles for loss – the eighth-most in single-season history.
*Aniebonam ended the year tied for 14th on Maryland’s all-time single-season sacks list. He is one of just four Maryland players in the last 15 years to reach 9.0 sacks in a season.
*First-year head coach DJ Durkin led a youth movement in College Park in 2016, starting seven true freshmen at different points throughout the season. The seven true freshmen starters was tied for the most in all of FBS with South Carolina.
*Maryland’s rushing offense totaled 2,594 yards on the ground, marking just the seventh time in the history of the program (and first since 2003) to eclipse 2,500 yards. The team also posted 26 rushing touchdowns – the most since 2007.
*The Maryland defense allowed just one 300-yard passer during the 2016 season (Michigan’s Wilson Speight). The Terps gave up just 212.3 passing yards/game, just the second time in the last nine seasons they achieved the feat.
*The Maryland defense ended the year tied for third in the Big Ten with 37 sacks. The Terps finished strong, compiling 15 sacks during the final three games of the season.