Maryland to honor late OL McNair

Maryland will wear a helmet decal to honor late offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died after collapsing during a May 29 workout with the team.

McNair was hospitalized and died of heatstroke June 13.

The Terrapins revealed the No. 79 stickers to be worn this season and other tributes planned during a Monday announcement at Cole Field House. Maryland will not make McNair’s uniform number available for the next three seasons during which McNair would have been eligible to play for the team.

Offensive lineman Ellis McKennie said during the ceremony that one football player each season would receive a scholarship bearing McNair’s name.

“The moment that we stop saying his name, the moment we begin to forget, his legacy will begin to fade,” McKennie said. “But we plan to have his legacy live on forever. We plan to never forget. This season, Jordan’s spirit will live within each and every one of us. Every play we make, every snap we take, will be in Jordan’s honor.”

Maryland plans a moment of silence before its first two home games and McNair’s locker will be enclosed in glass.

An investigation into McNair’s death is expected to conclude just before one of those games Sept. 15, when findings from an external review by Walters Inc. will be completed.

Head coach DJ Durkin is on administrative leave and Maryland announced last week it accepted responsibility for McNair’s death.

–Field Level Media

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