DeAndre Lane, Sophomore, Wide receiver, #13
Collegiate Stats: Three games played
High School Stats (Senior Year): 161 carries for 1,046 yards and 11 touchdowns
247sports composite Ratings: Two stars, 144th-best athlete, 49th-best player in Maryland
High School: Catonsville
Hometown: Catonsville, Md.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
You can see his senior statistics above, but DeAndre Lane's junior campaign was even more impressive - 228 carries for 1,728 yards and 21 touchdowns. That was good enough for him to be named second team All-Met by the Sun and second-team Big School All-State. After his senior year, the accolades continued to pile up. He played in the Crab Bowl and the Big 33 Football Classic, and was named first-team all-county as both a running back and defensive back, second team all-met as a defensive back, and third-team Big School All-State.
Lane received interest from North Carolina State, Wake Forest and West Virginia, but Maryland was his only offer. He also ran track in high school, winning the 4A North Region 100-meter dash with a time of 11.03 seconds, and running a 4.38 40-yard dash. He left Catonsville as their all-time leading scorer, and was an all-academic selection.
Profiling the entire team
Last season, Lane was a surprise contributor as a true freshman, making an instant impact on special teams and winning the backup job to Will Likely as the team's kick and punt returner. He ended up playing in only three games, however, as his year was cut short by a torn hamstring.
Playing in three games as a true freshman.
Lane wins the starting return jobs and records at least two touchdowns.
Maryland did not release the return positions when they announced their preseason depth chart, but it's safe to say DeAndre Lane will be firmly entrenched in that battle. If the Terps decide they don't want to risk the health of starters Stefon Diggs and Will Likely, Lane may very well be the favorite, considering his status as the back-up last season. That being said, neither Taivon Jacobs nor Juwann Winfree were available last season, so there will be some added competition this year. At wide receiver, Diggs and Levern Jacobs stand ahead of him at the slot position, so it's hard to see a ton of playing time opening up just now.
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