Maryland Terrapins offensive lineman Ellis McKennie (68) runs onto the field with his teammates holding a flag in remembrance of Jordan McNair

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Classy Move By Both Maryland, Texas to Honor Recent Death of Lineman

Maryland players wore a sticker No. 79 on their helmets and emerged from the tunnel with a former teammates carrying a red flag, also emblazoned with McNair's number.

September 04, 2018 - 8:39 am
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Maryland emerged from a trying offseason with an emotionally charged 34-29 upset of No. 23 Texas on Saturday – but the final score isn't what stole headlines in Week 1 of college football.

Maryland has dedicated its season to offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who collapsed on the practice field on May 29 and died two weeks later of heatstroke.

The Terrapins paid tribute to McNair by lining up with 10 players on their first offensive play. Maryland waited for a delay of game to be called, and Texas declined the penalty in a show of sportsmanship.

Maryland players wore a sticker No. 79 on their helmets and emerged from the tunnel with one of his former teammates carrying a red flag, also emblazoned with McNair's number. In addition, there was a moment of silence before the game.

The circumstances surrounding the medical treatment administered to McNair on the scene, as well as charges of bullying by the coaching staff, led to the university placing head coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave and the resignation of strength coach Rick Court.

Matt Canada, the offensive coordinator, was named the interim coach. To his credit, he put in a strong offensive game plan and had his team ready to play.

"I just can't say enough about our players, everything they've been through and the way they stuck together," Canada said. "It was a great way to honor Jordan. This was a win for Jordan. We're certainly proud of our team, proud of our program."