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Dixon l Maryland 3-star LB Jermaine Carter outplays Texas 5-star LB Malik Jefferson

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Dixon l Maryland 3-star LB Jermaine Carter outplays Texas 5-star LB Malik Jefferson

Maryland Terrapins v Texas Longhonrs

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. ET

Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium/Austin, Texas

Score:  Maryland (51), Texas (41)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Maryland Terrapins

Ty Johnson, RB #6 (Jr) He patiently maneuvered his way through the line of scrimmage using jump cuts and acceleration. He has the explosion and breakaway speed to break of big chunks of runs. Acceleration evidenced on kickoff return that crossed the 50-yd. line. Stock: Up

Lorenzo Harrison, RB #2 (Soph) He plays with a low center of gravity. Short leg length but still has more than enough speed to get the edge. Moves such as “the hesitation” allowed him the little space he needed to pick his way around the defense. Stock: Neutral

Brendan Moore, C #64 (Jr) Fantastic upper body strength and core torque to flip the rushers away from the designed hole. Consistently placed his hands too wide on the rusher which minimized his linear power but did well for him to flip rushers where he wanted to maneuver them. Average athleticism when cross facing a D lineman during outside zone runs or chasing 2nd level defenders. Was pushed into the backfield during a few run plays. Stock: Neutral

DJ Moore, WR #1 (Jr) He runs deep routes with great speed and smoothness; not wasting extra steps during rounded transitions. Adjusted to an underthrown pass during deep route to complete an explosive catch. Strong hands; caught two high passes with all hands. Dangerous after the catch. Punt returner as well. Took two extra steps when breaking down at top of an out route which will need to be investigated more. Stock: Up

Jermaine Carter Jr., LB #1 (Sr) Thoroughly impressed with his game. He was the best LB in this game despite Malik Jefferson being in this game as well. Immediately attacked the line of scrimmage when sensed the run. Physical and tenacious pursuit of the ball carrier in the trenches. Hard to get a good block on him because he generates momentum moving forward. Average speed but great hustle gets him tackles on boundary screen passes and runs. Anxiousness turns into great closing speed when had a free lane to the QB on blitzes; several solid hitting sacks and pressures were generated. He visibly and violently looks to cause fumbles constantly. Played hard even when he was visibly tired during long drives. Won one and lost one when he lined up as DE v Connor Williams during 3rd and long passes. Stock: Up


Texas Longhorns

Poona Ford, DT #95 (Sr) Maybe three plays in the game where he showed the potential quickness off the snap to penetrate the line. Was on the ground way too much. When he was down blocked he would get knocked two gaps down. Ran himself out of the plays too often by guessing where the run was going instead of diagnosing.  Stock: Down

Malik Jefferson, LB #46 (Jr) I am iffy on his game mainly because he comes with so much hype. He showed ability to make solid tackles when one on one by keeping a good base and not falling for jukes. He consistently used good arm extension against blockers to immediately disengage with the blocker and move toward ball carrier. However, his extension was not powerful. His lack of strength caused him to miss a lot of tackles when a blocker was in front of him. Has some slippery traits to scrape well through the trenches toward the ball carrier. Not enough speed to consistently run sideline to sideline. Plays special teams and made the key block during punt return touchdown. Probably would do better as an outside LB but his speed is still suspect. Stock: Down

PJ Locke III, DB #11 (Jr) Pursues with a sense of urgency and can quickly redirect. Speedy blitzes off the edge. Was beat for a post TD that may have been a missed assignment on his part but I couldn’t fully tell. I love his “no hold back” hunt to the ball carrier but he needs to play with more control. Too many times he took bad angles, missed tackles simply because his body was out of control at the tackle point, and even tackled the blocker once!  Stock: Got on my radar

Connor Williams, OT #55 (Jr) He is a beast in pass protection. His kickback is fluent and he shoots his hands tight inside. Latches his hands inside the rusher’s pads and doesn’t let go. Has the feet shuffle mobility to dominate in pass protection. Also has the mobility to solidify a run block on the 1st level and still square up his 2nd level assignment in time to spring the RB. His pass protection is so elite that it could spring him into the 1st round. Stock: Up

Best Players on the Field

Tyrell Pigrome, QB #3 (Soph), Maryland

Jermaine Carter Jr., LB #1 (Sr), Maryland

Shane Buechele, QB #7 (Soph), Texas

Collin Johnson, WR #9 (Soph), Texas

Forgotten Performances

Jesse Aniebonam, DE #6 (Sr) Had a few plays that showed plays. One which showed good closing speed. Overall, did not have an impact though.  Stock: down

John Burt, WR #1 (Jr) He had a touchdown during a broken defensive assignment. Other than that, he did not have an impact on this game.

Poona Ford, DT #95 (Sr)





Roger Dixon Jr

Roger is a native of Orlando, FL. After excelling in DII football his first 2 seasons, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing on the Florida Gators football team, where he was named Special Teams Player of the Year and Team Captain. He earned his degree in Economics from UF's Warrington College of Business. Roger brings a passion for football and unique perspective of what it takes to be successful in football at the highest level.

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