Spring breakout player: Maryland Terrapins

With spring practice in the rear view, we're taking a look at one player on each Big Team who had a breakout spring and who looks ready to take on a bigger role when the football starts to matter this fall.

Moving on now to Maryland and a guy who made his presence felt on the defensive side all spring:

Spring breakout player: LB Jermaine Carter Jr.

Carter is not a new name to Terrapins fans. He played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, recording 27 tackles and two forced fumbles. Still, his playing time was limited as two veterans -- seniors Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree -- were ahead of him at the interior linebacker spots.

Now that both of those players have graduated, and with Maryland moving to a 4-3 defensive scheme, Carter is set to start at middle linebacker. He has the athletic attributes for the position at 6-foot and 240 pounds. But even more impressive is his leadership ability, something that shined through this spring.

"He kind of has natural leadership skills,” head coach Randy Edsall told reporters. “He’s tough, smart, physical. Guys respond to him. I’m really looking forward to continuing to see how he progresses because he’s got that attitude and that want to that you like. He’s one of those guys that’s a take-charge guy, that is tough and physical and understands the game.”

The Terps are replacing most of their front seven on defense, are going to a different scheme and will have a different defensive coordinator this fall -- Carter's old position coach, Keith Dudzinski. That's a lot of changes, and it's not easy to be the quarterback of the defense in your first year as a starter.

But the Terps think Carter, who is cousins with longtime NBA players Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady, showed this spring that he's ready to take on those challenges.