When Will Likely played at Maryland, kickoff and punt returns were among the most exciting moments in a football game. Likely finished his career with six return touchdowns—four on punts and two on kicks.
In 2017, the Terps won’t have Likely back deep. They won’t have Teldrick Morgan, who filled in when Likely tore his ACL halfway through last season. Instead, expect Maryland to use a committee in the return game, at least early in the year. Four players were returning punts at fall practice this week, which suggests they’re the early favorites to be factors in this realm.
D.J. Moore
The junior wide receiver was Maryland’s primary kick returner in 2016, running back 15 kickoffs for an average of 22.3 yards.