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TERRELL SKINNER Free Safety Maryland Terrapins #1 6:02.0-214-4.59 St. Petersburg, Fl Boca Ciega High School
Skinner made the transition from wide receiver to defense as a redshirt freshman and recorded 10 tackles as a sophomore as one of the team's most reliable special teams performers. As a starter at free safety as a junior, Skinner intercepted a pass in the season opener.
He went on to start all 23 of the games in which he was healthy over his final two seasons, racking up a combined 130 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, eight passes broken up and two interceptions during that time.
Maryland's track record of producing defensive backs and Skinner's prototypical blend of size (6-foot-9-inch wingspan) and athleticism is intriguing, but scouts would've liked to see a stronger record as a playmaker. A likely mid-round prospect with significant upside, Skinner is a reliable enough open-field tackler to contribute on special teams before competing for playing time as a free safety.
Read & React: Plays cautiously. Seems to take his role as the last line of defense so seriously that he doesn't let it all loose on the field, allowing too many potential big-play opportunities. Takes good angles against the run. Keeps his eyes on the quarterback and does a nice job of remaining disciplined and not biting on play-action. Good range over the top.
Man Coverage: Faster on the field than his timed speed would suggest. Smooth accelerator, though he's a bit stiff in the hips. Struggled in Senior Bowl practices when asked to drop down and cover receivers one-on- one because of marginal change-of-direction skills. Has the long arms to help track the receiver throughout the route. Shouldn't have a problem handling tight ends in the NFL.
Zone Coverage: Good range to cover his side of the field deep. A step slow in reacting to underneath throws, but is rarely beaten over the top. Understands his role as the last line of defense and takes good angles in pursuit. Reliable open-field tackler.
Closing/Recovery: Inconsistent burst to close downhill. Some concerns about his overall aggression, as he seems content allowing the reception and making the safe tackle. Struggles a bit in changing direction -- has stiff hips -- and it takes a step for him to close. Good functional speed and is rarely out of position deep. Smooth acceleration, but does not have a clear second gear to recover. Has to do a better job of competing for jump balls, as he has the tools to stand out in this area. Excellent combination of size, leaping ability and long arms, but only has two career interceptions.
Run Support: Quick to close on running plays from his free safety position. Flashes more aggression in this area than against the run, showing the burst and vision to slice through the trash and make plays close to the line of scrimmage. Takes good angles to the ball in pursuit. Lacks the strength to quickly enough disengage from tight end's blocks at the line of scrimmage and make the play.
Tackling: Rangy open-field tackler with long arms to securely wrap up. Good lateral agility and balance to break down in space and tackle the elusive ballcarrier. Isn't a punisher, but will lower his shoulder when the opportunity arises. Gets in trouble when he drops his head, which can lead to his absorbing hits, rather than delivering them.
Intangibles: Clashed with coaches in the transition from wide receiver to safety, but has matured and was acknowledged by coaches in 2009 for his hard work. Missed two games in 2008 (Cal, Eastern Michigan) with an ankle injury. Has a four-year-old daughter.
A two-year starter at free safety ... a well-built player with good speed and quickness ... hard worker ... has a long wingspan (6' 9") and a 36-inch vertical jump ... moved from wide receiver prior to the 2006 season ... played in 44 career games, including 23 starts ... saw action in 36 of 38 games over his final three seasons ... invited to the 2010 Senior Bowl.
Started all 12 games at free safety ... an All-ACC nominee ... third on the team with a career-high 67 tackles ... tied for third on the team in pass breakups (3) ... recorded five tackles in the season opener vs. Cal (9/5) ... tallied four stops (three solo, one assisted) against Rutgers (9/26) ... had eight stops against Clemson (10/3), including a career-high seven solo stops ... tied for second on the team with seven stops against Virginia (10/17), also assisting on his first TFL of the year ... fourth on the team with seven stops against NC State (11/7), and also contributed a PBU ... posted a game- and career-high 13 tackles vs. Virginia Tech (11/14) ... recorded his first interception of the season and made six stops against Florida State (11/21) ... had eight tackles vs. Boston College (11/28) ... a preseason fourth team all-league choice by Phil Steele's preview.
Started all 11 games in which he played ... ranked sixth on the team in tackles (63) from his free safety position ... also tied for fourth on the team in PBUs (3) ... set career highs in tackles, TFLs (3.0) and PBUs ... missed the Cal (9/13) and Eastern Michigan games (9/20) due to an ankle injury ... made his first career start against Delaware (8/30), recording a crucial interception, the first of his career, in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory ... contributed eight tackles, including a career-best six solo stops and one TFL, and one PBU vs. MTSU (9/6) ... returned from injury to post four tackles in a win over Clemson (9/27) ... had six tackles, including five solo stops, vs. Virginia (10/4) ... credited with three tackles, his first forced fumble of the season and one PBU vs. Wake Forest (10/18) ... notched seven tackles vs. NC State (10/25) ... had a career-high 11 tackles vs. Virginia Tech (11/6) ... had seven tackles, including five solo stops, vs. FSU (11/22) ... also had seven stops vs. BC (11/29).
Played in all 13 games as a reserve safety ... also a regular on special teams ... posted 10 special-teams tackles, which tied for fourth on the team ... saw time as the kick returner, mostly early in the season ... (vs. OSU, Emerald Bowl) ... returned two kickoffs for 28 yards ... (vs. NCSU) ... recorded one tackle ... (vs. FSU) ... had one tackle ... (vs. BC) ... played but did not record stats ... (vs. UNC) ... recorded one tackle ... (vs. Clemson) ... played and had one tackle ... (vs. UVA) ... played but did not record any stats ... (vs. GT) ... equaled a career high with two tackles ... (vs. Rutgers) ... matched a career-best with two solo tackles ... also forced a fumble on a Rutgers punt return ... (vs. WF) ... had a career-high two tackles, both solo ... (vs. WVU) ... returned two kickoffs for 37 yards ... (vs. FIU) ... returned three kickoffs for 39 yards with a long return of 23 ... made one tackle on defense ... (vs. Villanova) ... averaged 24 yards on three kickoff returns in his first action as a kick returner ... had a career-long return of 29 yards ... recorded one tackle as a reserve on the defensive side of the ball.
Saw action in eight games as a reserve defensive back and on special teams ... did not record any statistics on the season ... played in the first four games of the season (William & Mary, MTSU, West Virginia and FlU) and the final four (Miami, BC, Wake Forest and Purdue) ... played moved from wide receiver prior to the season.
Redshirt season ... Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year ... named scout team Player of the Week for his work in practice leading up to the West Virginia and North Carolina games.
2008: Missed two games with an ankle injury.
A three-year letterwinner and starter who played quarterback, cornerback and linebacker in his three years ... in the Bogies' run-oriented offense, he rushed for 917 yards on 97 carries with 13 touchdowns ... was 32-of-61 for 382 yards passing with six touchdowns ... rushed for 200 yards in his team's lone playoff win ... also returned an interception and a punt for a touchdown in 2004 ... named Pinellas County Player of the Year by the St. Petersburg Times ... team captain who was All-Sun Coast, all-conference and a Pinellas County all-star ... was his team's defensive player of the year as an outside linebacker his sophomore season ... an All-Southeast region selection by PrepStar ... team won its district his senior year ... also a two-year letterwinner in basketball ... also recruited by UCF, Ole Miss, Iowa State, Michigan State and Georgia Tech ... coached by Jean Gordon.
Has a long wingspan (6'-9") … has a 36-inch vertical jump. Born February 24, 1987 ... full name is Terrell Skinner Jr. ... parents are Yvonne and Terrell Skinner ... father is a police detective ... majoring in pre-physical therapy.