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December 8, 2009

Season recap: Andre Monroe

Expectations were high for St. John's (D.C.) defensive tackle Andre Monroe heading into his senior season.

The 5-foot-11, 285-pound Maryland commitment was a three-year varsity player for the Cadets and a returning Washington Catholic Athletic Conference first-team selection. Despite being a very well-known commodity, Monroe lived up to the hype as a senior, according to St. John’s coach Joe Patterson.

“Andre was fantastic,” Patterson said. “He started on both sides of the football and almost never came off the field. He anchored out defensive line and was a great playmaker. But he also helped our tailback get eight yards per carry on offense.”

Monroe recorded 61 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss, as a senior, helping St. John’s to a 5-5 record. Patterson called Monroe “the best D-tackle that I’ve coached.”

“I think that he just made teams account for him,” Patterson said. “He did a great job of getting into the backfield both on run and pass plays. His pursuit was fantastic ... He weighs 280 pounds but you’d never guess it with the way he moves.”

When Monroe pledged to Maryland last June, he was considering other offers from New Mexico, Akron, Bowling Green, Miami (OH) and Ohio. Patterson said that had Monroe waited until during the season to commit, the Terps would have faced a lot more competition for his services.

“I know he would have [gotten more offers],” Patterson said. “I’ve gotten several requests just this season about him. But he’s certainly firm in his commitment to Maryland.”

Thanks to playing both ways for the Cadets, Monroe is already in great playing condition. There’s always room for improvement, but Patterson said he thinks there’s a chance Monroe could contribute to the Terps early and help them rebound from a 2-10 season.

“I think that most players try to look to see what the school will be like when they’re there, not what they’re doing before they get there,” Patterson said. “So I think he was unphased by it all.”

After coaching Monroe for the past four seasons, Patterson is certainly sad to see him go. But Patterson expects Monroe to be a leader for Maryland just as he was for the Cadets.

“He was a unanimous selection as captain for the team before the season started,” Patterson said, “and he certainly lived up to that billing. He led by example, but he’s also certainly vocal when he needed to be.”

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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