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“Both of those games are definitely X’d on the schedule for me, but part of me of wants to prove them wrong as well as a lot of other schools,” Fulper said. “Now I’m a Terp. This is where I want to be at. Even if I do prove them wrong, I’m still a Terp.”

How much he starts the rest of this year could be a week-to-week thing, although he’s likely to split time with Lamar Young regardless. However, Fulper’s maturity is one of the handful of welcome signs on a unit struggling to establish itself this season.

“It’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen a true freshman without a size of a Gaither or maybe a Campbell come in and play like that,” center Phil Costa said. “That really says a lot about him. He’s a very intelligent kid. It’s amazing how fast he picked up the playbook, and he’s physical, too. He can play the game, and he’s going to be a big-time player here.”