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Profiles in Terpage: Ty Tucker, Ruben Franco, Azubuike Ukandu

Our series continues with Maryland's walk-on defensive linemen.

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Ty Tucker, junior, defensive tackle, No. 78

Ruben Franco, junior, defensive end, No. 49

Azubuike Ukandu, junior, nose tackle, No. 95


Height: 6'2, 6'5, 6'0

Weight: 285, 249, 307

Collegiate stats: Two tackles for Ukandu

High school: Walkersville (Walkersville, Md.), Montgomery (Montgomery, Texas), Towson (Towson, Md.)

High school stats (Senior Year): Tucker had 68 tackles (15 for a loss) and seven sacks, Ukandu had 80 tackles with nine sacks and two forced fumbles

Composite recruiting rating: N/A

Who Maryland beat: N/A

High school highlights:

Tucker was offered by a host of FCS schools, including Georgetown and Lehigh, and even one FBS school (Rice) but chose to come to Maryland as a preferred walk-on. He was a first team all-state defensive tackle his senior year and was an All-American wrestler. After redshirting and playing on the scout team in his first season, he missed the entirety of 2013 with an injury. He did not play last year.

Ukandu is a walk-on from Towson High School who redshirted his first season on campus. An article from 2011 cites some pretty impressive weightlifting numbers: 360 on the bench, 470 on the squat and a 525-pound deadlift. Ukandu earned first-team all-diviion honors and honorable mention all-state honors, and was named to the Honor Roll each semester in high school.  He was offered by Bryant and Old Dominion and received interest from Stanford and Boston College. In 2013, he earned scout team defensive player of the week honors prior to the contest against North Carolina State. Last year, he played against Iowa and Wisconsin, recording two tackles in the latter game.

We don't know much about Franco, a walk-on lineman from Texas.

Career Highlight:

Ukandu's two tackles against Wisconsin.

Dream Season:

Seeing playing time in the D-Line rotation.

2015 Prospectus:

Maryland is now playing with four down linemen, giving more opportunities for playing time along the unit. The Terps have also moved some linebackers down, however, making it a bit more crowded. Tucker and Ukandu appear to have the better chances at playing time, placing in at No. 3 on the depth chart at their respective positions (while Franco is No. 4). Ukandu got playing time last year, and it's entirely likely at least one sees the field against this season.

Up Next:

Our next player was coached in high school by a former NC State player who caught one professional pass for 5 yards.


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