5 Maryland players to watch against Bowling Green

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Nov 16, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall reacts with linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. (23) after the the Terapins defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 27-24 in overtime at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Jermaine Carter

Jermaine Carter was all over the field last week for the Terps. Despite losing star inside linebacker Cole Farrand to graduation, Carter appears to have solidified the position. The sophomore registered eight tackles (five solo) against Richmond and was one of Maryland’s vocal leaders on the field. During the week, Carter was praised by defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski for his leadership and ability to help defend the run.

Obviously, there’s not a huge sample size when it comes to Carter’s play. He played a good amount of snaps last season, but he didn’t have the chance to do it too much as a starter. The former Friendship Collegiate Academy star has another chance to show that the first week was no fluke. When clicking on all cylinders, the Falcons do have a solid rushing attack and Carter’s ability to defend it could be key for the Terps. Carter’s speed and overall football acumen could be on display and will need to be against a mobile quarterback like Johnson. His versatility could be huge for Maryland as we get deeper into the season.

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