Meet the Terps Defense: #18 A.J. Hendy

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

Player: A.J. Hendy

Hometown: Bowie, Md.

Class: Sophomore

Height & Weight: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds

Projected Position on Depth Chart: Backup cornerback

The rundown: Hendy is a versatile defender who can play both at cornerback and at safety. Last season, Hendy played in nine games at safety and on special teams and started the last three games of the season. He finished with 30 tackles, 20 unassisted tackles, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and one interception. Against Virginia, Hendy had three tackles and a fumble recovery for 14 yards and against Notre Dame, Hendy set a career high of 13 tackles, with a career-high nine unassisted tackles. He picked off his first pass against N.C. State and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown and added another six tackles for the game.

Expectations for 2012: Hendy made the move from safety to cornerback to add depth to an understaffed and less experienced position. Hendy is listed as the backup to Dexter McDougle, who will be the top cornerback next season. Jeremiah Johnson and Isaac Goins are competing for the other cornerback spot, but Hendy should see a lot of action next season in nickel and dime packages and on special teams. Depending on his training camp performance and his performance during the season, Hendy could find himself starting at the cornerback position and could see some playing time at safety with starter Matt Robinson sidelined for an injury for a few weeks. Given more playing time, Hendy could see his numbers improve, even if he is in a backup role for most of the season.

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