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.
Qwuantrezz Knight, S, No. 24
Weight: 197 lbs.
Hometown: Quincy, Florida
High school: East Gadsden HS
How he got to College Park
After initially verbally committing to Eastern Michigan, Knight decided against it and signed his letter of intent to go to Maryland on National Signing Day in 2016. Knight was a two-way player in high school, but he was a three-star recruit at safety and only plays defense for Maryland.
In his freshman season, Knight played in 10 games and started once at safety. He finished with 26 total tackles in 2016.
He had a career-high six tackles twice last season, against both Michigan and Michigan State. His lone collegiate start came against Indiana.
Knight has already proven his capability as a trustworthy player on defense, which should lead to an increased role in 2017. Similar to Josh Woods, Knight should come into the season ready to contribute on defense with the potential to earn a starting role down the line. While the secondary is full of talent, Knight’s game experience and familiarity with the coaching staff should give him a leg up this season.
Knight starts the season as a key defensive backup who plays in passing situations and to give the starters a rest. As the season progresses, he earns more playing time, potentially earning starts in a few games. With this being Denzel Conyers’ final season, Knight can set himself up nicely as a potential replacement in 2018.
We’re finishing off preview season with Specialists Week.
say_al takes Safeties Week with two guesses. Scaletta, Malaclemys and America’s Roundtable, Terpluvian and aurelianus all finish with one.
say_al also holds an 11-9 lead over Scaletta in the overall standings. There aren’t enough profiles remaining for anyone else to capture the summer crown.