Meet the Terps Defense: #14 Lorne Goree

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

Player: L.A. Goree

Hometown: Springdale, Md.

Class: Sophomore

Height & Weight: 6-foot-2, 235 pounds

Projected Position on Depth Chart: Starting linebacker

The rundown: Goree is a very physical player with collegiate experience at the linebacker position. He started at both the “Will” and “Mike” linebacker positions last season before making the switch to primarily “Mike” linebacker in the spring. In 2011, Goree played in all 12 games and started in seven and had a solid year with 60 tackles, 30 unassisted tackles, six tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and one interception. Against Clemson, Goree had a career-high 12 tackles, seven unassisted, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack. Against Boston College, Goree had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery and had another 10-tackle game against Wake Forest.

Expectations for 2012: Goree will have the chance to start the season at “Mike” linebacker, according to Maryland head coach Randy Edsall. Goree is competing with Cole Farrand for the starting spot, but barring any surprises from training camp, Goree will most likely end up getting the start. Goree has much more experience than Farrand on defense and proved last season that he can perform at a high level. With the starting spot and increased playing time next season, it would not be unreasonable to see his numbers in 2012 improve from last year. Goree would be the youngest starting linebacker and is a player that the defense will build around going forward if he wins the starting spot.

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