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Profiles in Terpage: Amba Etta-Tawo

Our series continues with a sophomore wide receiver who stepped up following Deon Long's injury last year.

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Amba Etta-Tawo, sophomore, wide receiver, #84


Height: 6'1"

Weight: 200 lbs

Twitter: none that we could find

Collegiate Stats: 31 receptions, 500 yards, 2 TDs, 41.7 yds/game

High School Stats (Senior Year): 58 receptions for 907 yards and six touchdowns

247sports composite Ratings: 3-star, 155th best WR, 102nd best player in GA

Who Maryland beat: Clemson, NC State, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt

High School: McEachern HS (Powder Springs, GA)

Hometown: Powder Springs, GA

High School Highlights:

How'd He Get to College Park?

Etta-Tawo was born in Muscat, Oman but eventually moved to Georgia, where he starred as a wide receiver and sprinter at McEachern High School. At McEachern, his speed caught the eye of a lot of schools as he put up 40 times of 4.4 seconds. After his senior season, he was named second team All-State at wideout, and was on the 4x400 relay team that finished second in states.

Profiling the entire team

Last season, he played in 12 games and started seven of those for the Terps, He was originally the backup to Deon Long but was thrown into the starting spot after both Long and Diggs suffered season-ending leg injuries in a loss to Wake Forest. Etta-Tawo did great filling in for Long, finishing the season with 500 yards, 31 receptions, and two touchdowns. One of his best games came against Syracuse, when he hauled in six passes for 109 yards.



Career Highlight:

Stepping in for Long and immediately having an impact as a redshirt freshman.

Dream Season:

Emerging as the primary backup to Long/Leak, becoming a consistent target for CJ Brown in 4 and 5 WR sets.

2014 Prospectus:

Etta-Tawo showed he is capable of starting last season after the unfortunate injuries to Long and Diggs propelled him into a starter for the Terps. With Long and Diggs back and healthy, Etta-Tawo is again back behind one of Maryland's two stud receivers, Deon Long, on the depth chart. But that doesn't mean Etta-Tawo won't see the field.

Maryland only lists three starting wide receivers and those three starters are all capable of lining up in different positions. So while on the depth chart it might appear Etta-Tawo is behind Long, he's really battling for a stop to back up both Long and Marcus Leak. And when Maryland lines up four or five wide, Etta-Tawo will almost certainly be on the field, displaying his speed and giving Brown another friendly target down field.

Essentially, you can expect to see Etta-Tawo on the field this season. It won't be as often as the other starters, but he'll likely be out there. That being said, he's facing some good competition at that position as well, which is most definitely Maryland's deepest.

Up Next:

Our next player is a local, former two-time first team All-Met player who shares the same last name with another player on the team at the same position.


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