Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on the offensive line; this week, we’re flipping sides of the ball and looking at the defensive line.
Brett Kulka, DL, No. 96
Weight: 260 pounds
Year: Redshirt junior
Hometown: Edinboro, Pennsylvania
High School: General McLane High School
How he got to College Park
A two-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite, Kulka committed to Maryland the summer before his senior year of high school. Maryland was the only Power-5 school to offer him.
He appeared in every game last season and started five, finishing with 11 tackles and half a sack.
Kulka made his first career start last season against Florida International, recording one tackle.
Kulka lost his starting job last season and looks to be facing an uphill battle to win it back, as Jessie Aniebonam and Chandler Burkett look to be penciled in as starters at BUCK and defensive end, respectively. However, he looks to have a spot in the defensive line rotation, as the players below him on the depth chart haven’t played the position before or have yet to play at Maryland. Kulka should be the first option to slide in at defensive end if the Terps rotate Burkett into the BUCK position.
Kulka impresses the coaches and continues to earn more playing time and starts by the end of the season. He helps improve Maryland’s defensive line, and puts himself in good position to start during his senior season.
This redshirt freshman was one of seven players from Florida in DJ Durkin’s first recruiting class.
say_al has taken this week’s lead with two guesses. Terpluvian, Scaletta, Murderlandboy and ziowa9 all have one.