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Profiles in Terpage - A Countdown to the Football Season: Shawn Petty

Look! It's a linebacker! It's a quarterback! It's Shawn Petty!

Things no one expected to see in 2012 - Shawn Petty playing QB
Things no one expected to see in 2012 - Shawn Petty playing QB
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Today we profile the linebacker, turned quarterback, turned back to linebacker.

Shawn Petty, Sophomore, Inside Linebacker, #31

Shawn Petty


Height: 6'1"

Weight: 235

Twitter: @PlayMakinPetty5

Collegiate Stats: At linebacker - none.

At quarterback - Passing: 39/84, 500 yards, 6 TDs, 2 Ints.

Rushing: 58 Carries, 14 yards, 1 TD.

High School Stats: As a linebacker: 41 tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Int, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery

At QB - Passing: 63/109, 1298 yrds, 15 TDs, 4 Ins. Rushing: 110 Carries, 559 yards, 9 TDs

High school stats via MaxPreps

Recruiting Ratings: Two stars by Rivals, Scout (#150 OLB), 24/7 (#37 in Md., #157 ATH), ESPN (#42 in Md., #171 ATH)

High School: Eleanor Roosevelt

Hometown: Greenbelt, Md.

High School Highlights:

How'd He Get to College Park?

Pete gave a great breakdown of how he got to College Park last year:

Shawn Petty comes from a football family - his father, Rayford is the former head coach at Howard and the current defensive coordinator. At Roosevelt, Petty played basketball and football, as a three-year starter at quarterback and a two-year starter at linebacker. His senior year, the Raiders went 10-1 and advanced to the semifinals, and he was named consensus all-state, first team All-Met, and first team all-county as a linebacker.

In July of last year, Petty attended a one-day camp in College Park, and with the knowledge that Maryland already had two quarterback commits in the class in Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe, he worked out at linebacker. He earned his first scholarship offer, and committed to his hometown school.


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Career Highlight:

Starting at QB for Maryland for four games last season

Dream Season:

Petty doesn't have to play quarterback because four other quarterbacks tore ACLs. Actually getting to improve at linebacker to become a significant contributor in 2014.

2013 Prospectus:

Many expected Petty to redshirt last season and he probably would have if it wasn't for Angry Maryland Quarterback-Hating God. Petty played both quarterback and linebacker in high school, but was expected to play linebacker at Maryland, despite being known more for his QB skills. For a 5th string quarterback, Petty did okay, given all of the other injuries Maryland suffered last season and the fact that he was learning the offense on the fly. But if Petty is playing significant minutes at QB again in 2013, the Terps are in some serious trouble.

Petty is currently 3rd on the depth chart at ILB behind Cole Farrand and Bradley Johnson. He could get worked into the rotation, but will likely see some time on special teams, unless Farrand or Johnson get hurt. This season will hopefully allow Petty, who was considered a bit of a raw prospect at linebacker, to continue to refine his skills at the position rather than needing to worry about learning the offense to play QB.

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