With just 48 days until the Maryland opens the season on Sept. 5, TerrapinStationMD continues our series based on past Terrapins with Andre Monroe next up. We’ll continue to look at the most talented and/or popular player to wear the number and analyze their time in College Park. If you think of a player that had a big impact and is also associated with that number, leave a comment below.
Coming up next on our countdown is a Terp that many Maryland fans should be familiar with in defensive end Andre Monroe.
The St. John’s College product is another local defensive lineman that Maryland was able to reel in and get phenomenal production from. Over the past two seasons, Monroe has been one of the most fierce pass rushers around, whether the Terps were playing in the ACC or the Big Ten.
In high school, Monroe didn’t command a ton of offers besides Maryland. Akron, Bowling Green, Miami (Oh.), New Mexico, and Ohio were the only other schools to offer the undersized defensive end. However, the Terps decided to take a chance on the local three-star defensive lineman.
Monroe started off his career with five sacks as a redshirt freshman in 2011, but missed the entire 2012 campaign due to a knee injury that occurred during preseason camp. However, Monroe came back stronger than ever for the 2013 season as he registered 42 (25 solo) and 9.5 sacks in Maryland’s 13 games.
However, his senior was even more of a success story. Monroe tallied 61 tackles (38 solo) and 10.5 sacks. In the Foster Farms Bowl against Stanford, Monroe recorded his 25th sack to become the all-time leader in Maryland history in that category, passing former Terp Mike Corvino.
Despite being undersized, Monroe was still able to pursue the quarterback at an alarming rate. When healthy, he was one of the most motivated pass rushers that you will come across.
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Following his senior season, Monroe went undrafted despite several of his teammates latching on with NFL teams. Monroe received tryouts with both the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers, but didn’t end up signing with either team.
Despite not currently being on an NFL roster, Monroe will still go down as one of the most impressive defensive players to ever come through College Park. A lot wasn’t expected of him, but he blew away expectations and walked away as the program’s all-time leader in sacks.
Monroe has some brute strength that allowed him to outmuscle opposing offensive linemen, most notably former Iowa Hawkeye and Washington Redskins first round pick Brandon Scherff when the two teams played last October.
Whether he is able to latch on somewhere professionally or not, Monroe will still go down as one of the top pass rushers in Maryland history and a great story.