The Talbot T. Speer award is given to the most inspirational male athlete. This year a special group of young men inspired us all. The 2018 Maryland Football Team stuck together to play for their fallen teammate, Jordan McNair, and in their first game since his passing, they beat the nationally-ranked Texas Longhorns. The team also came up with and executed several initiatives to honor their teammate this season and to ensure his memory will never be forgotten in future years. These young men made us all incredibly proud to be Terps.
• Spends countless hours working out on his own in the gym.
• Not only inspired his team this season, but young children everywhere with his overall positive demeanor and outlook on life both on the court and on social media.
• Signs every autograph and takes every photo asked of him.
• A top-5 finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for best center in the nation.
• Set the in the 600m and 300m races.
• Part of the school record breaking 4x400m relay team.
• Also second all time in the 400m and 500m.
• Earned a bronze medal at USATF Indoor Championships in the 600m.
• Is an active member of SAAC.
• Voted a team captain who as assumed the role of the leader of the pitching staff.
• Serves as a mentor to a pitching staff that has 13 underclassman. Consistently takes time to work with younger teammates on mental approach and routine.
• Maryland’s closer, who has a team-high four saves with 21 strikeouts and three walks in 12 and two thirds innings.
• Appeared 23 times and tossed 25 and a third innings with four saves for Maryland in 2018.
Sr., Louisville, Ky.
• Captained the Maryland men’s soccer team to the 2018 National Championship.
• His leadership and composure played an enormous role in Maryland’s late season turnaround and NCAA Tournament run.
• Scored the winning goal in the National Championship game. Led Maryland with eight goals and added an assist.
• Named the Most Outstanding Player of the College Cup. Scored three goals in the NCAA Tournament and assisted on the game winning goals that send the Terps to the Final Four.
• Top Drawer Soccer National Second Team Best XI. First Team All-Big Ten.