Terps cornerback Will Likely named Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week

September 24, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

On Tuesday, Maryland cornerback Will Likely became the first Terps defender to ever be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Wednesday, Likely was selected for a national award -- the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week.

Likely had a team-high nine tackles, a tackle for a loss and an interception that he returned 88 yards for a touchdown during Maryland's win over Syracuse on Saturday.

For the year, Likely is third on the Terps with 27 tackles, has three tackles for a loss, a sack, five pass deflections, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Likely is also averaging 27.5 yards per punt return and returned a punt 63 yards for a game-tying touchdown during the fourth quarter of Maryland’s loss to West Virginia on Sept. 13.

"It seems like I say it every week, but nothing he does surprises me because of the way he prepares and how he goes about his business,” coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday. “All he wants to do is do things to help the team win. Whatever he has to do is what he wants to do. I'll say it probably every week, it doesn't surprise me that he plays the way he plays because of the way he prepares and how much of a competitor he is. He doesn't want the limelight or any of those things. He just wants to do his job and do it to the best of his ability. …

“He is just playing with a lot of confidence, and the reason he's playing with a lot of confidence is because he knows what he is doing and he goes out and practices it each and every day.”

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