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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
It's the first question on many people's lips when they meet Maika Polamalu. "'Are you related to Troy?'" recounted the Navy junior linebacker, who is first cousins with the Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety. "That's always the first thing. It doesn't matter where I am or what I'm doing. That's always the first question. " It's an inquiry that might grate someone with a thinner skin, but Maika (pronounced MY-kuh) Polamalu, 21, just smiles. "I'm proud of my cousin, and I'm proud of his accomplishments," he said.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
With an expertly timed delayed blitz late in the first quarter Sunday, Ravens rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley shot through a gap in the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line. As quarterback Andrew Luck wound up, Mosley crushed him, popping the football into the air and into the arms of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata for an interception. It wasn't the only impactful play the first-round draft pick and reigning Butkus Award winner delivered during the Ravens' 20-13 road loss Sunday.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2012
Lukas Foreman, a defensive back-turned linebacker, has been suspended by Maryland for one year for violating the student-athlete code of conduct, the school said. Foreman, 6-3, 205 pounds, entered Maryland last season as a defensive back and redshirted. He switched to linebacker prior to spring practice. He was listed on the depth chart as a backup SAM linebacker. Foreman was recruited from Naples (Fla.) High by former Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown. Maryland has now announced this week that three athletes -- basketball players Terrell Stoglin and Mychal Parker were the others -- have been suspended for a year.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- When the Ravens drafted rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley out of Alabama, this was the kind of performance they envisioned from the former Butkus Award winner and consensus All-American. Mosley was all over the field in a losing cause against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He routinely chased down running backs in pursuit and also recorded his first NFL interception in a 20-13 defeat at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I think he played phenomenal,” said outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
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Baltimore Sun staff | December 11, 2011
Maryland freshman linebacker Alex Twine was arrested Friday night in Prince George's County. Twine, who turned 18 on Friday, has been charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order. Maryland's student newspaper, The Diamondback, first reported Twine's arrest . The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Gaithersburg is scheduled to make a court appearance Jan. 30 at 1:15 p.m. in Hyattsville. Twine appeared in 11 games as a freshman, starting four.
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By Matt Vensel | February 16, 2012
The NFL scouting combine starts Feb. 22. In advance of the annual meat market in Indianapolis, staff writer Matt Vensel will examine each position and give Ravens fans the 4-1-1. In this post he looks at inside linebackers . The top prospects: Boston College's Luke Kuechly is the consensus top inside linebacker in this class. He is projected to go in the middle of first round, way before the Ravens are on the clock at No. 29. Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict, who has been linked to the Ravens in mock drafts and who has been compared to Ray Lewis by some analysts, is a first-round pick who should wow scouts at the combine.
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By Matt Vensel | March 7, 2012
Unless you count Mario Williams , a defensive end who can also play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, there won't be any marquee lineback ers available in free agency this offseason . But there are a handful of solid start ers -- including a pair of Ravens -- scheduled to be available in a deep class of free agent lineback ers. Jarret Johnson, who has spent nine years with the Ravens, is among the top outside linebackers this...
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 12, 2014
Virginia linebacker Isaiah Davis, the younger brother of Maryland standout safety Sean Davis, verbally committed to the Terrapins Tuesday night. Davis said he called offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as Maryland wrapped up practice Tuesday night and later spoke to coach Randy Edsall. “For one, being close to home [was appealing] and having my family being there,” Davis said during a phone interview. “Playing in the Big Ten, there's a lot of competition in that conference, and having the opportunity to play with my brother on the same team [was attractive]
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By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
With national signing day only a day away, preview the Terps ' class of 2014 with a handy, commit-by-commit guide. Prospect profiles will run all the way through Wednesday (Feb. 5), when players can officially sign a national letter of intent. ( SEE THEM ALL HERE. ) Name: Nnamdi Egbuaba Position: Outside linebacker Measurables: 6 feet 1, 215 pounds High school: St. Frances Recruiter: Mike Locksley Finalists: Virginia, Connecticut Rankings: 247: 3*, No. 101 OLB Rivals: 3* ESPN: 3*, No. 154 OLB Stats/honors: 105 total tackles (17 for losses)
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By Jeff Zrebiec | December 26, 2012
Ray Lewis will not play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals but the Ravens kept alive his hope of returning for the playoffs. The Ravens activated the veteran linebacker from the injured reserve with a designation to return list on Wednesday, a procedural move that makes him eligible to play in the opening round of the playoffs next week against either the Bengals or Indianapolis Colts. To make room for Lewis, the Ravens placed wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly, University of Maryland)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Pernell McPhee has never operated in the spotlight on the Ravens defense, but the fourth-year outside linebacker has carved out an effective place in the rotation by both feeding on those who hog the attention, and at times, taking it away from them. With the Ravens thin on the defensive line and with stars Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil no longer every-down rushers, McPhee has seen time at both outside linebacker positions, defensive end, and nose tackle. He's not being shoehorned into the defense out of necessity, though.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 29, 2014
Maryland senior inside linebacker Cole Farrand and junior kicker Brad Craddock were both selected for weekly honors Monday. Farrand became the second Terp in as many weeks to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. (Cornerback Will Likely won the award last week.) Craddock was the choice for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Top Star of the Week. Farrand had 19 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a pass deflection during Maryland's 37-15 win over Indiana and helped the Terps limit a high-scoring Hoosiers offense to just 332 yards of total offense.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 27, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, IND. -- Excluding a 43-yard-run late in the third quarter, Maryland limited Indiana's standout running back, Tevin Coleman , to 79 yards on 21 carries. Senior inside linebacker Cole Farrand was a big reason why. Farrand saw limited action for the Terps vs. Syracuse last week, when the Orange rushed for 370 yards while averaging more than seven yards a carry. But Farrand got a full workload Saturday and made plays all over the field throughout the game.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
When the Ravens employed outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, he built a reputation as one of the grittiest players in franchise history. Now with the San Diego Chargers, Johnson vouched for new Ravens defensive lineman Lawrence Guy. Guy was claimed off waivers by the Ravens this week. They're dealing with injuries at the position, with rookie Timmy Jernigan ruled out with a knee injury for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers and starting defensive end Chris Canty questionable with a knee injury.
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By Jon Meoli and Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Ravens rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley lines up on every snap beside who he calls an “old-school” linebacker, Daryl Smith. On the opposite sideline Sunday, he'll cross paths with Panthers star Luke Kuechly, the 2013 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year and the new standard for the athletic, three-down linebacker Mosley hopes to become. “[He's] one of the guys that can move around, make plays in the coverage and move sideline to sideline,” Mosley said. “Watching him at Boston College when I was at Alabama, then after he came out … [he made]
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Ravens rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley is learning quickly that the retaliator is the one who typically gets caught in NFL altercations. Blocked after the whistle had blown by Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, Mosley slugged the Pro Bowl blocker with a left hook that sent Mack flailing to the ground. Mosley was flagged for unnecessary roughness while Mack wasn't penalized. Now, Mosley is bracing for a fine from the league office. The first-round draft pick from Alabama was previously fined $8,268 for a late hit on Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard in his first NFL game.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
The letters keep coming, sometimes 20 a month asking for Dennis Gaubatz's autograph. Sometimes it's a football card that the old Colt receives. More often, it's the cover of one of the three national magazines on which Gaubatz appeared in his five years as the rugged middle linebacker on Baltimore's ballyhooed defense of the 1960s. How many copies of Life and Sports Illustrated does he reckon he's signed? "My gawd, I have no idea. But they just don't stop," said Gaubatz, 73, from his home in West Columbia, Texas.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 17, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- By the end of last weekend's game against West Virginia, Maryland was depleted enough that the Terrapins were primarily using backups at inside linebacker and a scout team player at outside linebacker. The Terps might get outside linebackers Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and Matt Robinson back for Saturday's game against Syracuse. Inside linebacker L.A. Goree might play as well. But all four of Maryland's starting linebackers have dealt with injuries during the early part of the season, and it is possible the Terps will again have to rely heavily on backup players when Maryland plays a Syracuse team that ran for 289 yards in a 40-3 win over Central Michigan last week.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
For the second time since a graphic video surfaced of former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching Janay Rice in a casino elevator, retired linebacker and ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis has commented on the domestic-violence incident. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated by the Ravens on Monday. He has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL. "This is a tragic situation what Ray Rice did was inexcusable," Lewis said Sunday morning on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. "There's no room in our world for what we've seen.
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