Meet the Terps Defense: #1 Justin Anderson

College Park, MD. - TSR gets you acclimated with the 2012 Terps, taking a look at the defense.

Player: Justin Anderson

Hometown: Blythewood, S.C.

Class: Junior

Height & Weight: 6-foot-5, 280 pounds

Projected Position on Depth Chart: Backup defensive end

The rundown: Anderson is a big presence on the defensive line who is capable of playing both at defensive tackle and at defensive end. He did not play last season after being injured in the preseason, using his redshirt. As a sophomore in 2010, Anderson started all 13 games at defensive end and finished the season with 22 total tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Anderson should be fully recovered from his injury and ready to play in the regular season.

Expectations for 2012: Anderson looks to return to play defensive end where he started his sophomore year. He is competing with Andre Monroe and Keith Bowers for the starting spot at the position. The three defensive ends all have experience starting at the position for the Terps and have played well in the past so it could be anyone's job. Anderson may end up as a backup, but he will still see the field a good amount and his large size should help him see some action in short yardage rushing situations. He may also see some action at defensive tackle if needed.

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