A recurring series where we will profile every player and coach on Maryland’s roster, counting down to kick-off against Miami. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile an walk-on transfer from Bowie State.
Jeff Hernandez, Junior (RS), Fullback
40-yard dash time: N/A
High School Stats (Senior Year): N/A
College Stats (through two seasons at Bowie State): Ten tackles
High School: John F. Kennedy High School (Silver Spring, Md.)
How’d He Get To College Park?
Jeff Hernandez was a two-sport star at local Kennedy high school, earning honorable mention all-state honors in football two years in a row and putting together a 73-9 varsity record on the wrestling team. He then joined Bowie State’s football team as a defensive tackle, putting together ten tackles in seventeen games.
After his sophomore year at Bowie, he transferred to Maryland as a fullback, joining high school teammates Clarence Claiborne and Kwabena Ofori as Terrapins. He served on the scout team offense last season, earning a redshirt season in the process.
More after the jump.
Hernandez joins Claiborne and Ofori as the “Kennedy Krew.”
Making the Maryland squad.
His unproductive Bowie State career.
Arbitrary Top Five List:
Transfers on Maryland’s current roster:
1. Adrian Coxson
2. Jeff Hernandez
3. Ray Lynn
4. Alvin Thomas
5. Clarence Claiborne
Cierski redshirts, allowing Hernandez to be the backup fullback.
Cierski wins the starting job, leaving Hernandez with garbage time against Towson in a best case scenario.
Jeff Hernandez currently stands as the number two fullback on Maryland’s depth chart, but that’s not entirely accurate. He’s behind Rahsaan Moore, a redshirt freshman and the likely starter, but in front of Tyler Cierski, a true freshman who is the most likely competitor for the spot.
Where Hernandez stands the best chance at getting playing time is if the coaching staff decides they want to redshirt Cierski, preserving his eligibility for another year. That would leave Moore as the unquestioned starter and Hernandez as the unquestioned backup.
Otherwise, it’s hard to see Hernandez getting much playing time (if any) this season. There’s not much room for field time for a third-string fullback, so we’ll have to see where he stands on the depth chart when the Miami game comes. Like most of the other walk-ons, his best chance to play this year is against Towson.
Our next player was a star defensive player in high school.
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