2010 Roster Preview- Linebackers

TSR's Pete Volk previews the Terps position by position. Today previewing the linebackers.

Alex Wujciak – SR (RS), West Caldwell, NJ, 6'3”, 245 – The heart and soul of Maryland's defense, Wujciak is one of the top linebackers in the country, and is likely to end up on the end of the year's All-ACC team. Wujciak is reminiscent of former Ohio State Buckeye A.J. Hawk, and not only because of the hair – no matter the play, whenever Maryland is on defense you always see him involved in the action. He is the prototypical college middle linebacker, and will hopefully put in one more great year for the Terps.

Adrian Moten – SR (RS), Suitland, MD, 6'2”, 230 – Often underappreciated next to the likes of Wujciak, Moten has been a very solid contributor for the Terrapins over the past three years. The redshirt senior has over 140 tackles and 15 sacks in his time with the Terps, and is adept at all facets of the game.

Demetrius Hartsfield – SO (RS), Raleigh, NC, 6'2”, 235 – Like A.J. Francis, Hartsfield performed well above expectations as a redshirt freshman this year. He rounds a great starting three for the Terps in the linebacking corps, and should be an All-ACC contender over the next three years. A good pass defender, he is also a very good blitzer who can shed blocks well.

Ben Pooler – JR (RS), Morristown, NJ, 6'2”, 230 – Another good option at Will (weakside) linebacker behind Hartsfield, Pooler should see a lot of playing time off the bench this year. The coaches were very impressed with his play in spring practice, and with Don Brown's tendency to use multiple formations, he'll get on the field more often than simply whenever someone needs a rest.

Ryan Donohue – SO, Montvale, NJ, 6'0”, 230 – With Avery Murray gone, Donohue becomes the favorite for the job of backup middle linebacker. He really impressed in the spring game, leading all players with tackles, and the coaches hope that his strong work ethic translates to performance on the field.

Darin Drakeford – SO, Washington, DC, 6'0”, 240 – Drakeford is a fast guy on the outside who will come off the bench after Pooler, but he also has a lot of strength. He really has the physical abilities needed to be a very good linebacker in the ACC, we'll just see how he performs on the field.

David Mackall – FR, Baltimore, MD, 6'3”, 245 – The most impressive true freshman in spring camp, Mackall wowed the coaches with his athleticism and his ability to get to the ball. He is still very raw,

but it's unlikely that he'll be redshirted. His name has been floated around as a possibility to replace Avery Murray as the backup middle linebacker, but his skills better fit the Sam (strongside) position, where he can blitz and attack the ball.

Overall- B+. This is arguably the strength of the team. They have one of the best starting linebacking groups in all of college football, have quality backups in guys like Pooler, and have great potential in David Mackall. However, the departure of middle linebackers Avery Murray and Javarie Johnson, both promising players who the Terps had hoped would start in the future, drops them from an A.

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