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Derrick Hayward leads Maryland’s tight ends into 2017

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Tight Ends Week kicks off with the Terps’ most experienced player at the position.

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Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on wide receivers; this week, we’re looking at all of Maryland’s tight ends.

Derrick Hayward, TE, No. 48

Height: 6’5
Weight: 235 lbs.
Year: Redshirt senior
Hometown: Salisbury, Maryland
High School: Wicomico

How he got to College Park

Originally recruited as a linebacker, Hayward committed to Maryland in May 2013 at the end of his junior year. He was a three-star recruit and the No. 73 outside linebacker prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

Hayward switched to tight end while redshirting the 2014 season, and played in 24 of a possible 25 games over the next two seasons. Last season, Hayward beat out Avery Edwards for the starting job and started all 13 games, catching four passes for 17 yards and a touchdown.

Career highlight

Hayward caught his first touchdown pass in 2016, hauling in a five-yard throw from Perry Hills in a rout of Florida International.

2017 Prospectus

After starting every game last year, Hayward is the favorite to start at tight end in 2017. He’s played a part in the Terps’ run blocking in the past, and should continue to do that this season. He could also carve out a role in the red zone as one of the biggest targets for whoever starts at quarterback this season.

Dream season

Hayward continues to create holes for Maryland’s running backs and increases his role on offense as a red zone target. He makes critical plays for the Terps, who utilize the position more than they had in recent years.

Up next

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