Meet the Terps Defense: #21 Dexter McDougle

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

Player: Dexter McDougle

Hometown: Falmouth, Md.

Class: Junior

Height & Weight: 5-foot-11, 190 pounds

Projected Position on Depth Chart: Starting cornerback and backup punt returner

The rundown: McDougle is a versatile player who tries to come up with the big play, which helps him force turnovers but also often causes him to blow his coverage of his receiver. Last season, McDougle started all 12 games opposite of Cameron Chism and finished with 44 tackles, 29 solo stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, six pass breakups and three interceptions. His six pass breakups led the team last season and was tied for 15th in the conference. He also tied for the team lead with three interceptions, good enough to tie for eighth in the ACC in picks. McDougle made his first career interception against West Virginia and added three tackles in that game. Against N.C. State, he picked up a loose fumble and took it back 66 yards for the opening score of the game while also matching career highs with four solo tackles and two pass breakups.

Expectations for 2012: With the departure of Chism, now with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL, McDougle becomes the No. 1 cornerback for the Terps and could be playing extended snaps due to the lack of depth at the position from injuries. McDougle should have another decent season, but he will need to work on his coverage and not letting receivers get away from him. If McDougle can improve his coverage, he and the Terps' pass defense should see improvements from last season's 2-10 campaign. McDougle could also see some action as the Terps' punt returner.


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