Maryland Football: Who is Malcolm Culmer?


Sep 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Marcus Leak (82) celebrates with his teammates after a touchdown during the first half against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland football program has suffered a number of key losses this offseason, most notably at the wide receiver position. Without their top four receivers from a season ago, the Terps’ coaching staff has been working tirelessly to develop some of the young and inexperienced players on the roster. One of those players who figures the be an integral part of Maryland offense in the 2015-16 season is junior Malcolm Culmer.

Culmer, hailing from Willingboro, NJ., is a former 3-star recruit, according to 247Sports. He chose to attend Maryland over Illinois and UMass. When the Terps released their preseason depth chart a few weeks ago, Culmer was listed as one of the starting wideouts opposite redshirt junior Levern Jacobs. The wide receiver competition is far from being over, but Culmer has clearly impressed the coaching staff dating back to the spring. 

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Head coach Randy Edsall spoke on the work that Culmer has been putting in this offseason. “You have Malcolm Culmer, who has played, now he has a chance to be a number one. He has worked really hard this summer,” Edsall stated. That’s pretty high praise, but maybe not considering the lack of experience that exists at the position for Maryland.

Culmer has appeared in 21 games for the Terps, recording six receptions for 64 yards and no touchdowns. The fact that he does have playing experience, albeit very little, is a bit of a plus. Culmer is accustomed to playing in Maryland’s offense and that familiarity could also help the younger receivers.

Culmer’s high school highlight tape is the most that we can go off of right now.

Just like the rest of the receiving corps, Culmer is relatively unproven. There are guys on this roster who have playmaking ability. They just need to continue to hone their skills. Maryland has a solid backfield and a decent offensive line unit. If new starting quarterback Caleb Rowe can find a rhythm with these receivers, the Terps may be able to surprise some people this season.

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