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“He didn’t make a whole lot of noise coming into camp,” O'Brien said. “People knew who he was, but they saw on film as camp went on. About halfway through camp, it was like ‘This guy’s really good.’ He was busting out big run after big run. He continues to be that same guy. He just gets in there, asks for the play and executes it. He’s very dependable and really tough.”

At 175 pounds, Pickett isn’t as big as Meggett (215 pounds) and Adams (220 pounds). But after already making an impression in his first month, Pickett is poised to become a backfield mainstay for the Terps over the next few seasons.

“He’s going to tear it up the next few years,” wideout Kevin Dorsey said. “He reads the hole, he hits the hole hard. He’s quicker than a lot of people realize. The biggest thing is he’s small and some people say undersized, but he lowers his pads. He’ll fight for that extra yard and always fall forward. That’s a great asset to have, especially with a freshman.”