Andre Monroe, Senior, Defensive line, #93
Collegiate Stats (two seasons, 2011 and 2013): 60 tackles (32 solo), 24.5 TFL, 14 sacks, 1 broken up passes, 2 fumbles forced
High School Stats (Senior Year): N/A
Who Maryland beat: Akron, Bowling Green, Miami (OH), New Mexico, Ohio
High School: St. John's College
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
How'd He Get to College Park?
Monroe was a very lightly recruited D-lineman from St. John's. He was productive, but his lack of size seemed to have him destined for MACtion. That was, until the local school offered and he jumped at the opportunity.
Monroe was a freshman All-American in 2011, recording seven-and-a-half tackles for a loss and five sacks in nine games of limited action. After missing 2012 with injury, Monroe responded with a very strong 2013. In 13 games, he recorded 42 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and nine-and-a-half sacks.
Pretty much every single moment of his career apart from the injury.
After missing his entire sophomore year due to injury, Monroe spent plenty of time in the backfield this past season. His best performance game in Maryland's biggest win, against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He terrorized Logan Thomas all game, finishing with three sacks and nine total tackles.
Monroe is in the conversation with Matt Robinson, Cole Farrand and Will Likely as Maryland's best defensive player. If he can improve as much next season as he has so far in his career, he'll be among the Big Ten's elite defensive linemen. His best case scenario is having an Aaron Donald-type breakout year. Donald and Monroe are about the same size and Monroe actually had a better junior season than Donald.
Monroe also earned himself a pre-season 3rd team spot on Phil Steele's all-B1G team.
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