The Washington Times - September 14, 2009, 11:04AM

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.

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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):

Player Fr. Year
Fr. Starts
Career Starts
CB Domonique Foxworth
2001 2 40
DT Randy Starks#
2001 1 28
LEO Shawne Merriman#
2002 1 17
LT Stephon Heyer
2002 1 38
NT Justin Duffie
2002 1 1
TE Vernon Davis#
2003 1 18
DE Jeremy Navarre
2005 10 48
LT Jared Gaither#
2005 8 17
WR Danny Oquendo
2005 1 11
FB Cory Jackson
2006 3 19*
P Travis Baltz
2007 13 28*
LT Bruce Campbell
2007 1 9*
RB Davin Meggett
2008 2 2*
K Nick Ferrara
2009 2 2*
LG Bennett Fulper
2009 1 1*

 

Patrick Stevens