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2014 undrafted free agents: Marcus Whitfield signs with Jaguars

Local talent heads to the NFL after five years with Terps

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Marcus Whitfield will have a chance to play at the next level after the Jaguars signed the now-former Terps' linebacker, as first reported by Randy Edsall's Twitter account.

The homegrown defensive standout was a prime pickup for the Terps back in 2009, coming out of Northwest High School in Germantown. Whitfield was considered a three-star prospect and the 79th-best outside linebacker in the country by 247sports composite. This was an especially impressive ranking bearing in mind that his senior year was the first season Whitfield played on the defensive side of the ball. He had played tight end before that, but adjusted quick, earning first team All-County 4A honors.

After redshirting a year, Whitfield played just two games as a redshirt freshman before a knee injury required season-ending surgery. He came back the following year getting five starts at defensive end and forcing a fumble against Florida State. While playing in all 12 games as a junior, he only started two of them.

But Whitfield would break out of his shell during his last season in College Park, claiming a starting spot at linebacker and finishing second on the team in sacks (9) and tackles for a loss (14.5). He would also recover a fumble, block a kick and record 50 tackles before graduating, helping him earn an honorable mention All-ACC selection.

With a 6'3" 250-pound frame, Whitfield should be able to translate his talents to the NFL, providing the Jaguars with options off the edge.