Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on the cornerbacks; this week, we’re continuing through the secondary with Safeties Week.
Denzel Conyers, SS, No. 3
Weight: 215 pounds
Year: Redshirt senior
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
High school: Boca Ciega
How he got to College Park
An unrated recruit out of high school, Conyers originally signed with FIU out of before attending Butte College and signing with Maryland as a member of the Class of 2014.
He didn’t see game action in 2014, but appeared in nine games in 2015, notching 15 tackles on the season. A knee injury in a Week 3 win over Central Florida cut his 2016 season short; he had already recorded 13 tackles. In April, Conyers was awarded a medical redshirt for the season and granted a sixth year of eligibility.
As the most senior member or this Terrapins team, Conyers can make the most of his sixth year of eligibility by leading an up-and-coming secondary. His 6’3, 215-pound frame makes Conyers a near-perfect fit to play a third, in-the-box safety role. As long as his knee is fully rehabbed, he should spend plenty of time on the field in DJ Durkin’s base-nickel defense, which employs five defensive backs.
Conyers is fully healthy heading into Maryland’s first game in Austin. In his first game of his sixth season, Conyers intercepts the first pass of his Terp career, giving Maryland’s offense the ball with a chance to take the lead late in the game. He goes on to blow his previous career high 15-tackle season out of the water and closes his career on a high note, helping the Terps to a second consecutive bowl game.
Speaking of first career interceptions, this Terrapins safety recorded his first against in last season’s Quick Lane Bowl against Boston College
Scaletta starts off Safeties Week with the first correct guess.