The offseason is long and brutal -- especially when you're coming off a season-ending bowl loss to a lower-conference team on your home turf. Fear not, Terrapins fans! We're here to help you find your way to next season, as our Profiles in Terpage series returns, wherein we profile every single player on Maryland's roster. The walk-ons will be bunched by position so you guys don't get too bored, but our hope is that you learn a little more about the team you support. We'll start, as always, at the long-snapper position.
Christian Carpenter, Sophomore (RS), Long Snapper, #59
Joe Marchese, Freshman (RS), Long Snapper, #56
Height: 5'11", 6'2"
Weight: 215, 235
Collegiate Stats: Three starts for Carpenter, no stats for Marchese
High School Stats (Senior Year): One kick return for six yards for Carpenter
Recruiting Ratings: N/A
High School: Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy, Stevenson (Ill.) High School
Hometown: Brentwood, Tennessee and Vernon Hills, Illinois
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Carp went to Brentwood with fellow Maryland specialist Nate Renfro, where he played on the defensive line and offensive line as well as taking care of the long-snapping duties. The Eagles finished in the top five in the states each of the four years he was there, and he ended up being recruited by Western Kentucky. Carp chose to walk-on at Maryland instead.
Carpenter ended up taking over long-snapping duties for the last three games of this past season after starter Greg Parcher went down with an injury. In those three games, Brad Craddock hit all 15 of his kicks (five field goals, 10 extra point attempts), while Nate Renfro averaged 38.9 yards per punt (slightly below his season average of 40.8).
Marchese's father, John, played for four years as a walk-on at Iowa, and Joe received a walk-on offer from Maryland after Carpenter tore his ACL during spring practice. He was one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Illinois, but his small stature kept schools from offering scholarships. He was Carpenter's back-up at the long-snapping position for the final three games last year, and will get a chance to prove himself again this season.
For Carpenter, it has to be starting the last three games in 2013 (with much success in the placekicking game). For Marchese, it's getting that coveted walk-on offer to continue his football career.
For either one of them, winning the starting job over Nate Adams.
Carpenter and Marchese are currently first and second, respectively, on Maryland's depth chart, released before spring practice. Carpenter would appear to be the favorite between the two of them, both due to his current placement and his playing time last season, but the likely starter has not yet stepped foot on campus. That would be incoming true freshman Nate Adams, who we'll talk about another day -- he's a scholarship long snapper, and you'd have to think that gives him the advantage. Carpenter and Marchese have more experience within the program and will provide depth at the position, but it's Adams's spot to lose.
Our next player will be the only Terp from his home state when he joins the team this fall.
Once again, we will be tracking who guesses the next player first in the comments. So step on up and do so!