Maryland football running back Anthony McFarland will enter 2020 NFL Draft

Running back Anthony McFarland carries the ball during Maryland football's 38-7 loss to Michigan on Nov. 2, 2019. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Maryland football running back Anthony McFarland will forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter his name into the NFL Draft, he announced in a tweet Tuesday.

McFarland was hampered by an ankle injury for much of the 2019 campaign, missing an Oct. 19 matchup with Indiana. But he put in a strong performance in the Terps’ season finale against Michigan State last weekend, rushing for 134 yards, including a 63-yard scamper for a touchdown in the third quarter.

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The redshirt sophomore — who missed his true freshman season as he recovered from a broken leg suffered in high school finished with 1,648 rushing yards and 24 catches for 199 yards. He found the end zone 13 times in his two seasons.

“Reaching the highest level has always been a dream of mine,” McFarland’s statement read in part, “and I can’t wait to seize that opportunity.”

The DeMatha Catholic product broke out during the 2018 campaign, compiling 1,034 yards on the ground to break the Maryland freshman rushing record. He earned All-Big Ten second-team honors and became the second Terp in history to produce back-to-back 200-yard games — he finished with 298 against Ohio State, playing a large role in helping Maryland force overtime against the heavily-favored Buckeyes.

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McFarland ran for 614 yards in 2019, but his pass catching and touchdowns jumped from the year before. He even returned a kickoff for 40 yards against the Spartans on Saturday.

The Terps thinned out at running back over the course of the season, with injuries to Lorenzo Harrison and Jake Funk, while Tayon Fleet-Davis missed the final two weeks after he was charged with seven traffic-related violations.

Maryland will look to Javon Leake — who led the team in all-purpose yards (1,595) — to make the next key decision. The junior produced an impressive year in the backfield and on kick returns.

“It’s a lot of thinking to do,” Leake said Nov. 26. “But right now I’m still in school.”

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