Meeting the Terps D: #20 Jeremiah Johnson

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

Player: Jeremiah Johnson

Hometown: Forestville, Md.

Class: Sophomore

Height & Weight: 5-foot-11, 170 pounds

Projected Position on Depth Chart: Starting cornerback

The rundown: Johnson is a quick defensive back who will be one of the starters at a very shallow position for the Terps. After redshirting his freshman year, Johnson played in nine games last season as a reserve cornerback and also saw action on special teams. He was the fourth cornerback on the team and finished with five total tackles with four of them being solo stops. Johnson has also had experience playing at the safety position before coming to Maryland and could contribute there if needed.

Expectations for 2012: Johnson was already an offseason starter at cornerback opposite Dexter McDougle but with injuries to A.J. Hendy and Isaac Goins taking them out of the beginning of the season, Johnson will need to stay healthy and will likely see extended minutes with freshman Alvin Hill as his backup. With extended playing time this season in an expanded role, Johnson will improve on his numbers from last season. Johnson may also see a few snaps at safety to add some depth at the position in place of an injured Matt Robinson. He could also see playing time on special teams, but given the lack of depth at corner, the coaches may be reluctant to let Johnson risk injury on special teams.

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