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‘I’ll meet you at home’: The mantra of Maryland’s kick return unit

Before Maryland football’s Javon Leake catches a kickoff, looks for a crease that his teammates have created for him or sprints into the endzone, the junior running back receives extra motivation from his teammates.

During one hot day during summer camp, linebacker Ayinde Eley, who is a member of the kick return unit and one of Leake’s closest friends on the team, turned around to Leake prior to the kick return practice rep and told him “I’ll meet you at the end zone, I’ll meet you at home.”

The saying, sometimes referred to as a “house call,” has now been adopted by the entire special teams unit, galvanizing Leake and the rest of the squad to produce two touchdowns in the past five games and give the Terps some much needed scoring production.