The Next Heyward-Bey?

TSR's Scott Kornberg talks to Tyrek Cheeseboro and discusses what type of impact he expects to make next year at Maryland. Cheeseboro is built from the same mold as Heyward-Bey and will come in as a smaller receiver but once he gets in the open field, his 4.3 speed kicks into effect.

Maryland fans remember Darrius Heyward-Bey as one of the best receivers to have put on a Terps uniform. Heyward-Bey, who has game-breaking speed, scored fifteen touchdowns in three seasons for the Terrapins. However, Heyward-Bey left for the NFL Draft early, where he was picked seventh overall by the Oakland Raiders.

Heyward-Bey's missing presence in the Maryland lineup this season could be a reason that the team has struggled to move the ball. Next year, however, heralded recruit Tyrek Cheeseboro will be coming to College Park to play wide receiver. Cheeseboro, like Heyward-Bey, hails from Maryland and at 5-foot 11-inches, will be a small receiver for the Terps.

How does he feel? “I would say I'm very similar to Heyward-Bey. I have the ability to get reverses and screen passes, and if I'm in the open field, I can make the best of that play. I can also get up field and catch the deep ball.”

Another similarity Cheeseboro shares with Heyward-Bey is speed. Cheeseboro clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.3 seconds, which will make him one of the fastest players on the Terrapin squad as soon as he steps foot in Byrd Stadium. That kind of speed should make opposing defenses honest and open up the running and short passing games for the Terps.

Cheeseboro plans to help foster the team in its youth and bring it around in the future. “The ACC is a great conference. There have been a lot of great players that have made it to the NFL from playing in the ACC. I am just going to help this team grow and bring it to a National Championship level.”

By having the ability to stretch the field and score practically whenever he touches the ball, Cheeseboro will likely make an immediate impact for the Terps next year. If he has a good summer of practice and gets stronger, Cheeseboro could crack the deep receiving core of the Terps and make plenty of noise on the field his freshman year.


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