Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil, Senior, Linebacker, #51
Collegiate Stats: 18 tackles (8 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 interception
High School Stats (Senior Year): Couldn't find any, but was All-Division & All-County defensive end & tight end.
247sports composite Ratings: N/A
Who Maryland beat: N/A - Transferred from Seton Hill University
High School: Towson High School (MD)
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Cudjoe-Virgil arrived at College Park via a transfer from a small D-2 school outside Pittsburgh called Seton Hill University. After a solid freshman year, Cudjoe-Virgil had a dominant sophomore season, in which he was named a team captain. He blocked a record six (!) kicks, and also registering five sacks and 44 tackles, eight of which were for a loss. He transferred to Maryland following his sophomore season.
Profiling the entire team
After transferring, Cudjoe-Virgil had to sit out the 2012 season due to NCAA regulations. He made his Maryland debut last season, and quickly demonstrated that he could play with the big boys. He notched 18 tackles, three sacks and an interception, before suffering an injury during the Virginia game in October that kept him out the rest of the season.
Going from a D-II walk-on to earning a prominent role on Maryland's defense. And blocking two kicks in the same game at Seton Hill.
Fully recovers from injury last season and helps lead Maryland in sacks in 2014.
The biggest question here is how well does Cudjoe-Virgil recover from the pectoral injury that forced him to miss the second half of last season. When healthy, he demonstrated a great ability to get to the quarterback, recording three sacks in just six games.
Cudjoe-Virgil is currently listed at the bottom of the depth chart at the WILL linebacker spot, but that is because of his injury and not because Yannick Ngakoue has definitely secured that starting role. So long as he doesn't have any set backs, Cudjoe-Virgil will likely be the starter at the WILL by this Fall. And as long as he can remain healthy, he should be poised to have another very successful season for the Terps.
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