2010 Roster Preview- Defensive Backs

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

Cameron Chism – JR, Forestville, MD, 5'10”, 190 – The only starting defensive back with consistent playing time as a Terp, Chism had 66 tackles and four interceptions in a very successful sophomore campaign. He's fast and is very good in coverage, and should be a leader for the Terps' secondary.

Kenny Tate – JR, Forestville, MD, 6'4”, 220 – Tate was a four-star recruit out of high school who was offered by the likes of Florida, but has yet to put it all together for the Terps. He has shown flashes of greatness, and has 62 tackles in his Maryland career so far. He is incredibly quick, with great ball instincts, and could have an All-ACC season.

Antwine Perez – SR (RS), Westville Grove, NJ, 6'1”, 210 – Tate's partner at safety, Perez is another incredibly gifted player who hasn't been able to play up to his talent with Maryland. A transfer from USC, Perez was another highly touted high school player who has immense physical talent. Where Tate is good in coverage, Perez is a big hitter who will make receivers think twice of coming his way.

Trenton Hughes – JR (RS), Virginia Beach, VA, 5'11”, 185 – Hughes is battling for the cornerback position opposite the one taken by Chism. Hughes is very fast and is solid in coverage, but has not been able to separate himself from the competition yet. He remains the favorite for the starting job.

Dexter McDougle – FR (RS), Falmouth, VA, 5'10”, 200 – McDougle performed very well on the squad team last season and in spring practice this year – well enough to get his name in the conversation for starting cornerback when he hasn't played a down of Maryland football. McDougle is an exciting option for the Terps, and he should get a lot of playing time off the bench.

Travis Hawkins – FR (RS), Gaithersburg, MD, 5'10”, 190 – Hawkins was recruited at safety and that's where he figures to spend most of his time as a Terp. However, he can also play cornerback, and will be expected to come off the bench this year in that role as well. A four-star recruit out of high school, Hawkins has a lot of physical talents and the coaches have high hopes for him.

Eric Franklin – SO, Baltimore, MD, 6'2”, 205 – A high school star in Baltimore, Franklin has done well in limited opportunities with the Terps. He made an acrobatic catch for an interception in the spring game, and will see plenty of playing time as a backup safety this season.

Avery Graham – FR (RS), Clarksburg, MD, 5'10”, 195 – Graham is a guy who the Terps' coaches have talked about a lot as someone who continually impresses with his work ethic and ability. Graham redshirted last season, and should get on the field quite a bit as a nickelback this year.

Grade – B-. The defensive backs have very little experience starting with the Terps, but they are one of the more talented bunches that coach Friedgen has. Tate and Perez have unbeatable physical skills, and can turn into the best safety tandem in the ACC.

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