Meet the Terps Offense: #32 Justus Pickett

College Park, MD. - TSR gets you acclimated with the 2012 Terps, first looking at the offense.

Player: Justus Pickett

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Class: Sophomore

Height & Weight: 5-foot-10, 185 pounds

Projected Position on Depth Chart: Starting running back

The rundown: Pickett is a quick tailback who can make defenders miss in the open field. Last season, he was one of eight true freshman to play and saw action in all 12 games as a running back and a kick returner. He finished the season with 274 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown off of 74 carries, had 10 receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown, and led the team with 30 returns for 568 yards. His best performance came against Towson when he had 14 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown. Against Wake Forest, he had a career high 35 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Expectations for 2012: As the only running back with any experience on the roster, Pickett looks to be the starter at the beginning of the regular season. While Brandon Ross and Wes Brown will compete for the starting spot, Pickett's experience should hold them off until the season starts. Brown may end up being the starter midway through the season, but Pickett will still get his carries even as a backup. He proved to be a spark off the bench last season, coming in for Davin Meggett, and his speed and hands also make him a threat in third down passing situations. Pickett should see less of a role on special teams this season and is not listed at either the kick return or punt return positions on the preseason depth chart, hinting at a bigger role in the running game. Regardless of his role, Pickett should improve on his numbers from last year in a bigger role this upcoming season.

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