The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.
Who is he?
The most experienced player on Maryland’s roster returns for his senior season. Jermaine Carter Jr. has started 25 consecutive games for the Terrapins, and he has been a linchpin of the defense that entire time. He made 110 total tackles last season, the second year in a row he reached the century mark, and finished as the team’s leader in tackles after Shane Cockerille was ruled ineligible for the Quick Lane Bowl. Carter also had 9.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
Assuming Cockerille is back — which is far from a given — linebacker figures to be a strength of this Maryland team. Jesse Aniebonam is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end at the “Buck” position with free reign to chase the ball. But make no mistake, Carter is the star. He’s dependable at stopping opponents from getting past the second level, but also makes the occasional big play behind the line of scrimmage.
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