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Profiles in Terpage: Andre Monroe

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Perhaps Maryland's best defensive player is primed for a monster season.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Monroe, Senior, Defensive line, #93

Stats:

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 280

Twitter: @Dre_Kang

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

247sports composite Ratings: Three stars, 1100th (not a typo) best player in the class, 86th-best defensive tackle, 7th-best player in DC

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.

PROFILING THE ENTIRE TEAM 

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.

Nickname:

"Dr. Dre"

Career Highlight:

Pretty much every single moment of his career apart from the injury.

Dream Season:

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.

2014 Prospectus:

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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