Meet the Terps Defense: #25 Isaiah Ross

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

Player: Isaiah Ross

Hometown: Greenbelt, Md.

Class: Junior

Height & Weight: 6-foot-2, 270 pounds

Projected Position on Depth Chart: Backup defensive end

The rundown: Ross is a very strong and athletic defensive end who has been impressive throughout training camp. Ross has played in 22 career games and started the season opener last season against Miami before suffering a season-ending knee injury after making two tackles, one being an unassisted stop. In his career, Ross has 35 tackles, 15 unassisted tackles, six tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Expectations for 2012: Ross had been looking good in training camp and showing off his knack at getting past offensive linemen until an injury slowed him down and ruled him out of the season opener. In his place, Quinton Jefferson will be backing up Joe Vellano but Ross should be able to easily retake his backup spot once he is healthy. If he can stay healthy throughout the season, Ross should see much better numbers and could be a dangerous force in the run defense and the pass rush.

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