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Staying true

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Maryland’s decision to start Bennett Fulper on Saturday got me thinking about the true freshmen who made an impact in the last decade or so for the Terrapins.

Fulper, who drew the nod at left guard, became the first Terp offensive lineman to draw a start as a freshman since Bruce Campbell got the nod against Clemson in 2007.

He’s also the first non-specialist to draw a September start for reasons other than injury or suspension since Jared Gaither and Jeremy Navarre in 2005.

Going back to 1998, Fulper is the only true freshman to start at either guard or center for Maryland. And he’s the 15th true freshman to start at any position since Friedgen took over.

Here’s that full rundown, with player, freshman season, freshman starts and career starts included (*-still active; #-left early):

PlayerFr. Year
Fr. Starts
Career Starts
CB Domonique Foxworth
2001240
DT Randy Starks#
2001128
LEO Shawne Merriman#
2002117
LT Stephon Heyer
2002138
NT Justin Duffie
200211
TE Vernon Davis#
2003118
DE Jeremy Navarre
20051048
LT Jared Gaither#
2005817
WR Danny Oquendo
2005111
FB Cory Jackson
2006319*
P Travis Baltz
20071328*
LT Bruce Campbell
200719*
RB Davin Meggett
200822*
K Nick Ferrara
200922*
LG Bennett Fulper
200911*

 

Patrick Stevens

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