Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on quarterbacks; this week, we’re looking at all of Maryland’s running backs.
Lorenzo Harrison, RB, No. 23
Weight: 193 lbs.
Hometown: Hillcrest Heights, Maryland
High school: DeMatha
How he got to College Park
Harrison was a three-star prospect who was ranked as the No. 23 player in Maryland. He committed to the Terps in September 2014, becoming the first pledge in their 2016 class. Harrison was later joined by Jake Funk and LaDerrien Wilson at the position.
Maryland had a logjam at running back entering the 2016 season, so Harrison wasn’t expected to be an impact player right away. But he jumped out to a start that couldn’t be ignored, scoring touchdowns in Maryland’s first four games. Harrison was in line to break LaMont Jordan’s freshman rushing yards record, but was suspended indefinitely for his role in an on-campus airsoft gun incident.
Harrison had plenty of incredible runs in his first year at Maryland, but none longer than this 62-yard scurry to the house against Purdue.
However, he’s still best known by some for his 93-yard score in a nationally televised DeMatha game in October 2015.
After missing the final four games of last season due to suspension, Harrison was reinstated in December. He was able to shake off whatever rust there was in spring practice, and he’ll head into the fall with lofty expectations. Harrison went from a relative unknown to averaging 7.2 yards per carry in a flash, so if he makes another jump, he could land somewhere impressive.
Harrison builds off his stellar rookie campaign and becomes Maryland’s most prominent running back. He continues to show his ability to make defenders miss and break off a big run while also improving between the tackles. With a full season and an increased workload, Harrison can put up numbers that earn him national recognition.
This back hijacked carries from Harrison in high school.
HughGR and phisch13 each have one correct guess this week.