Maryland Football: 5 Breakout Candidates for 2015

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5. DE Roman Braglio, Junior

Sep 21, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins defense stops Virginia Mountaineers running back Charles Sims (3) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The junior defensive end from Owings Mills, Md. was pegged as one of the starters on the outside in the Terps’ preseason depth chart. Braglio was a standout player for the McDonough School, which is perennially one of the better high school football programs in the state. A former All-state and All-Metro selection, he racked up 83 tackles, 16 sacks and two defensive touchdowns as a senior.

Braglio’s opportunities at Maryland have been fairly limited, but he has still seen some meaningful game action. As a redshirt freshman, he appeared in 10 games, including one start. He recorded four solo tackles and two sacks. As a sophomore, Braglio played in all 13 games for the Terps, posting 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

The minimal snaps is largely because he was playing behind a more experienced defensive front. With all of the starters now out of the picture, Braglio will have plenty of chances to pressure the quarterback and terrorize running backs.

Maryland struggled mightily at stopping the run last year and Braglio has the potential to be an anchor for this defensive line. The Terps shifting to a 4-3 defensive scheme could bode well for him.