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The Maryland All-Randy Edsall team: Defensive End

Will anybody be able to compete with Andre Monroe?

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As the offseason kicks into another gear, Testudo Times readers will be voting on the All-Randy Edsall team. All players who started multiple games under Randy Edsall (2011-14) at Maryland are eligible for consideration.

We've finished our voting on the offensive positions, with a nice mix of players from the first two years and the two most recent. Today we start the defense with defensive end, a position with one clear leader but many important contributor's during Randy Edsall's tenure.

Feel free to vote using whichever criteria you please. After we finish with each position, we'll post the results of the full team. Stats are only from the specific position during games played under Edsall.

Keith Bowers

Stats: 119 tackles (56 solo), 14 for a loss, five sacks, two pass deflections

Bowers had only one other major offer coming out of high school -- Kansas -- but he turned out to be quite the find for the Terps. He started 11 games in 2011, earning honorable mention freshman All-American status while recording six tackles for a loss. His role was reduced under new defensive coordinator Brian Stewart in 2012, recording 11 tackles in eight games, but Bowers won the starting job back before the 2013 season. Bowers recorded 32 tackles that year and 40 in 2014, with six for a loss.

Roman Braglio

Stats: 17 tackles (12 solo), six for a loss, 4.5 sacks

After redshirting in 2012, the highly-touted McDonogh prospect Braglio has played a key role as a reserve defensive lineman over the past two seasons, starting one game in each (and thereby qualifying for this poll). He recorded six tackles in 2013 and 11 in 2014, and is one of the favorites to land a starting position this year.

A.J. Francis

Stats: 43 tackles (23 solo), nine for a loss, four sacks, five pass deflections

Surprise! Francis started more games at end (12) than tackle (4) under Randy Edsall, manning the position for every game of 2012, his senior season. A former freshman All-American defensive tackle, Francis moved to end after three seasons on the inside, blocking a field goal against Temple to help secure an early-season victory. He also had four tackles and a sack against West Virginia and two sacks against Boston College.

Quinton Jefferson

Stats: 68 tackles (29 solo), nine for a loss, four sacks, two fumbles forced, one fumble recovered

Jefferson broke his jaw the offseason before he was scheduled to arrive at Maryland, instead delaying his enrollment by a year. He spent the 2011 season working 30 hours a week at Best Buy instead, coming to campus as a true freshman in 2012 and backing up future NFL linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, recording 13 tackles with a fumble recovery in nine games.

Jefferson started all 13 games as a sophomore in 2013, with 47 tackles (7.5 for a loss), and seemed primed for a breakout year in 2014. Three games and eight tackles in, however, Jefferson required season-ending knee surgery. He'll probably end up starting somewhere on Maryland's new four-man front this season.

David Mackall

Stats: 30 tackles (13 solo), six for a loss, three sacks, two fumbles forced

After spending a year at Fork Union, Mackall was ready to play right away in College Park, becoming one of the 2010 class members who didn't redshirt in Friedgen's final season. Serving as Alex Wujciak's backup in the middle, Mackall recorded 18 tackles with three sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown in his true freshman season.

As a sophomore in 2011 under Randy Edsall, Mackall switched to defensive end and started seven games, recording 30 tackles (six for a loss) with three sacks. He was suspended in November following a violation of team rules, leaving the program and transferring to Delaware (joining fellow former Maryland players Travis Hawkins and Zach Kerr).

Andre Monroe

Stats: 121 tackles (70 solo), 38.5 for a loss, 25.0 sacks, one pass deflections, three fumbles forced

Monroe developed from a lightly recruited, undersized D.C. linemen into Maryland's all-time career sacks leader. He redshirted in 2010 as well, earning freshman All-America honors in 2011 with 7.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks. Monroe missed the next season with a knee injury, returning in 2013 to record 17 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks. As a senior in 2014, he had 14 tackles and 10 sacks, breaking Mike Corvino's program record with 25 career sacks.

Marcus Whitfield

Stats: 11 tackles (six solo), 3.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks, one pass deflection, one fumble forced

Whitfield later emerged as a star linebacker (where we'll see him again later in this series), but he played a full season at defensive end in 2011, Randy Edsall's first year. He played in eight games that year, starting the final five games at defensive end and forcing a fumble against Florida State.