A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile a deep threat wide receiver.
Tyrek Cheeseboro, Freshman (RS), Wide Receiver, #10
Major: Criminal Science
Twitter: None that we could find.
Collegiate Stats: Two tackles
High School Stats (Senior Year): 32 receptions for 538 yards and six touchdowns, two kick returns for touchdowns, 64 tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles
Recruiting Ratings: Three stars by Rivals, Scout (#138 WR), ESPN (#143 WR)
High School: Milford Mill Academy
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
One of the top wide receivers in the state of Maryland in 2009, Tyrek Cheeseboro was an all-state selection who ended up playing in the Crab Bowl. He chose the Terps over offers from Pittsburgh and West Virginia, among others.
After a fantastic junior season and a good senior campaign (although he struggled at times with a new quarterback), Cheeseboro ended up at Fork Union for a year, moving to Maryland’s 2010 class instead of 2009. At Union, he was teammates with Nate Clarke, another high profile member of Maryland’s 2009/10 classes.
Cheeseboro enrolled early at Maryland last year, and played in three games on special teams before suffering a season-ending knee injury. In those three games, he recorded two tackles. He was granted a medical waiver, and will have four years of eligibility remaining.
Tyrek "Cheese" Cheeseboro
Two tackles against Towson.
Season-ending knee injury.
Cheeseboro catches at least three 20+ yard passes.
More special teams work.
Cheeseboro is a part of a three-way tie at WR-Z, with sophomores Marcus Leak and Nigel King. For what it's worth, Cheeseboro is listed third, behind King and Leak (who is on top), but it is a legitimate three-way battle. They offer very different skill sets (kind of representative of the future of Maryland's receiving corps as a whole, but more on that later) - Leak has a lot of varying talents, King is a possession receiver, and Cheeseboro is a deep threat - so it's kind of odd to see them all battling out for one spot. Seeing them all play a similar amount (at least at the start of the year) would make a good amount of sense, just because they offer different skills to the offense.
Like we mentioned, Cheeseboro is the deep threat of the group. He has fantastic speed, and while he is currently catch-less in his Maryland career, he should certainly help C.J. Brown stretch the field (that is, if Brown has found a consistent touch on his deep ball). Leak and Dorsey can also provide this, but Cheeseboro and true freshman Amba Etta-Tawo are the best deep threats the Terps currently have.
Cheeseboro may very well represent one third of the future of Maryland's wide receiver position - along side Stefon Diggs (who will hopefully fill the role as feature receiver) and either Devin Burns, Nigel King, or Marcus Leak (who would likely be the number two or slot man, depending on who wins out). The Terps not only have a lot of young depth at the receiver positions - they have young players who can do a lot of different things.
The bottom line is the future looks bright for Maryland's wide receivers, it just might take a little bit to get there.
Our next player shares his first name with a former television character who was on the same show as a musician who played a small role in a Coen Brothers movie. Sort that one out.
Terpsonfire takes the lead.