As the Maryland Terrapins make the move to the Big Ten in 2014, they will be looking for their seniors to step up and lead the way. For one senior, cornerback Jeremiah Johnson, it will not only be an opportunity to prove himself as a leader for the Terrapins but also a chance for a bounce-back season after a difficult 2013 campaign. Is he up to the challenge?
As a sophomore in 2012, Johnson showed a great deal of promise in the secondary with a team-high eight pass breakups and 43 tackles. He was expected to take the next step in his game as a junior in 2013 but suffered a broken toe in the season opener. He was only able to play in one game after that and finished the year with a disappointing two tackles on his stat sheet.
Now, Johnson returns healthy and takes his place as Maryland’s most talented defender for the 2014 season. He has excellent quickness and tremendous instincts to mix it up with receivers in the passing game and has the fearlessness and tenacity necessary to become one of the best corners in the conference this season. With a clean bill of health, Johnson is poised for a great year at the head of the Maryland defensive attack.
For the Terrapins to find success early in their conference, they will need some big performances from veteran players. No veteran player could be as important, however, as Jeremiah Johnson. If he returns to the form he showed he was capable before his foot injury, the Terps have a solid leader in the secondary and one of the top cover-corners in the conference for 2014.