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Profiles in Terpage: Malik Jones

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Our series continues with a possible defensive line starter this season.

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Malik Jones, sophomore (RS), defensive tackle, No. 52


Height: 6'4"

Weight: 275 lbs.

Collegiate stats: None yet.

High school: Paul L. Dunbar High School (Baltimore, Maryland)

High school stats (Senior Year): 70 tackles, 18 sacks

Composite recruiting rating: Three stars (0.8126), No. 74 strong-side defensive end, No, 33 player in Maryland, according to 247Sports.

Who Maryland beat: West Virginia, UTEP

High school highlights:

How'd He Get to College Park?

Jones was sparsely recruited out of Dunbar high school, where he played offensive and defensive line and was selected to the Maryland Small School All-State Team and the Maryland Crab Bowl after his senior season. After visiting West Virginia in March, Jones committed to Maryland in June.

Jones redshirted his freshman season and appeared in one game in 2014, so his experience was lacking coming into spring practice. However, Jones impressed coaches this spring, and slid into the competition for a starting spot on the defensive line. .

Career Highlight:

Making his college debut in the season opener last year against James Madison..

Dream Season:

Jones occupies one of the starting tackle spots and never gives up his position. Along with David Shaw and Yannik Ngakoue, he is able to help lead a suddenly young front seven into a solid season in the Big Ten.

2015 Prospectus:

Jones emerged from spring practice as a potential starter at defensive tackle, earning first-team snaps at the position along with David Shaw. As Quinton Jefferson gets back to health, there will be added competition for the position, but Jones seems to be in good position to get serious playing time this year.

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