Meet the Terps D: #15 Demetrium Hartsfield

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

Player: Demetrius Hartsfield

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Class: Senior

Height & Weight: 6-foot-2, 240 pounds

Projected Position on Depth Chart: Starting linebacker

The rundown: Hartsfield is a fifth-year linebacker and has been one of the top defenders for the Terps as a starter for the past three years. An athletic linebacker, Hartsfield was an honorable mention All-ACC last season and is a preseason All-ACC selection this year. He is one of the team captains for the upcoming season and ranks first in the ACC on the active career tackles list with 260 tackles and fourth in tackles for loss with 20 tackles. Last season, Hartsfield started nine games at “Mike” linebacker and led the team with 12.0 tackles per game, which ranked second in the ACC and fifth nationally. Hartsfield set a then-career high with 13 tackles against Miami, set a new career high with 17 tackles and a sack against Temple and set a new career high against N.C. State with 18 tackles. He also had a career-high 12 solo tackles against Wake Forest. He finished the season with 108 total tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Expectations for 2012: With the shift to a 3-4 defense, Hartsfield will be one of the starting middle linebackers at the “Mo” spot next to either L.A. Goree or Cole Farrand. The Terps will be looking for Hartsfield to step up and lead a defense that finished last in the ACC in rushing defense and ninth in passing defense. Linebackers in the 3-4 will be able to blitz the quarterback more often, so Hartsfield could make more sacks this season. If Hartsfield can stay healthy, there's no reason why he shouldn't have as solid a season as he did last year with more than 100 tackles.

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