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#3 Christian Varner
Position: Defenisve Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Randallstown HS
Experience: 3 Letters
A heady, instinctive defensive back who played in all 48 games over his final four years ... started 36 of his last 37 games ... his 35 consecutive starts were the most on the team at the conclusion of 2007 ... had 165 career tackles ... moved from free safety to strong safety in the spring of 2007 ... a big hitter ... dramatically improved his speed and strength after his arrival at Maryland ... added 25 pounds since the start of 2004 ... an Iron Terp in 2006 ... posted a 37 1/2 inch vertical jump and 545-pound squat in the spring of 2006 ... had a 39-inch vertical in the spring of 2007.

as a Senior (2007): Eighth on the team with 54 tackles ... also had a pair of sacks, tops among DBs ... started all 13 games at strong safety ... also returned punts in three games ... (vs. OSU in the Emerald Bowl) ... totaled six tackles ... also recovered a fumble ... (vs. NCSU) ... recorded three tackles ... (vs. FSU) ... had two stops, including a sack for a loss of eight yards ... forced a fumble of Drew Weatherford on the sack, but FSU recovered the ball ... returned a punt a career-long 12 yards ... (vs. BC) ... recorded a season-high seven tackles and returned a punt for eight yards ... took over as the punt returner due to the season-ending injury to Danny Oquendo ... (vs. UNC) ... had three tackles ... (vs. Clemson) ... made six tackles, including including his first career sack, when he came untouched on a blitz and dropped Cullen Harper ... (vs. UVA) ... made three tackles ... (vs. GT) ... recorded five tackles ... (vs. RU) ... had two tackles, including an assist on a tackle for a loss ... (vs. WFU) ... had five tackles including four solo ... also recorded one pass breakup ... (vs. WVU) ... had two tackles and recorded one pass breakup ... (vs. FIU) ... recorded five stops to lead all DBs in tackles for second straight week ... also broke up a pass ... helped limit FIU to 82 yards rushing and 81 yards through the air ... (vs. Villanova) ... recorded six tackles, including one tackle for loss ... part of a defensive effort that limited the Wildcats to 28 total yards in the second half and 11 yards rushing for the game.

as a Junior (2006): Started all 13 games at free safety ... finished sixth on the team in tackles with 58 ... tied for third on the team in passes defended with four ... tallied five or more tackles six times ... (vs. PU in the Champs Sports Bowl) ... recorded three solo stops ... (vs. WF) ... recorded five tackles, including a TFL for three yards ... (vs. BC) ... notched five solo tackles ... (vs. Miami) ... recorded three tackles (two solo) ... (vs. Clemson) ... posted seven tackles, including three solo stops ... (vs. FSU) ... notched a season-high eight tackles, including a career-best six solo stops, and a pass breakup ... (vs. NC St.) ... recorded four tackles (two solo) and a pass breakup ... (vs. UVa) ... notched four tackles (three solo) ... (vs. GT) ... posted four tackles, three solo ... (vs. FIU) ... recorded the game-ending interception in the end zone ... also posted two tackles, one solo ... (vs. WVU) ... started and notched five tackles, two solo ... (vs. MT) ... recorded six tackles, five solo ... (vs. W&M) ... posted two unassisted tackles ... brought down a Tribe ball carrier for a 1-yard gain, forcing a punt.

as a Sophomore (2005): Played in all 11 games, starting 10 at free safety ... finished the season with 36 tackles (18 solo), a TFL, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and a team-high three interceptions ... (at UNC) ... recovered a North Carolina fumble late in the game, halting the Tar Heels' potential game-winning drive ... (at FSU) ... recorded a career-high nine tackles ... (vs. VT) ... recorded five tackles, an interception and a pass breakup ... intercepted Marcus Vick near midfield late in the third quarter ... (at TU) ... finished with a tackle and an interception ... picked off a pass thrown by WR Michael Loveland in the third quarter ... (at WFU) ... started and recorded two solo tackles ... went up high in the air to knock down a pass which would have gained a first down in the fourth quarter ... (vs. WVU) ... recorded four tackles ... had a pass break up on a deep Adam Bednarik ball late in third quarter to force third-and-8 ... (vs. Navy) ... made four tackles despite spraining his elbow in the first half ... interception at the end of the game was the first of his career and clinched the victory for Maryland.

as a Freshman (2004): Saw action in all 11 games ... named to the ACC All-Freshman team by The Sporting News ... played primarily in nickel and dime situations ... was one of two true freshmen to play in every game ... posted 17 tackles (13 solo) and two pass breakups ... (vs. FSU) ... had one tackle and a PBU ... tipped away a third-down pass to force a 45-yard field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter, which was no good ... pass would have found an open Chauncy Stovall in the end zone if it hadn't been tipped away ... (at CU) ... recorded a season-high six tackles (five solo) ... (vs.TU) ... notched two solo tackles ... (vs. NIU) ... made his collegiate debut, making one solo tackle and recording a PBU.

at Randallstown High School: A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at who saw action at cornerback, quarterback, wide receiver, safety and tailback in his career ... recorded seven interceptions - returning two for touchdowns - as a senior ... had a single-game school record four interceptions against Perry Hall ... also caught 41 passes for 635 yards and six touchdowns while passing for over 500 yards and three TDs ... had his best year at QB as a junior, passing for 1,200 yards and 13 TDs while running for more than 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns ... also notched three interceptions from his free safety position as a junior ... a SuperPrep All-American and Mid-Atlantic all-region selection ... named first team all-state by the Associated Press ... first team All-Met by the Baltimore Sun ... was all-city and all-county as a junior and senior ... also a four-year letterwinner in baseball and three-year letterwinner in basketball ... also recruited by Virginia Tech, Virginia and Ohio State ... coached by Albert Howard.

Personal: Born Nov. 20, 1985 ... mother is Donna Varner ... a communication major ... nicknamed "Bam Bam" by his mother when he was in sixth grade for being a small player who made big hits on the football field.

Varner's Career Statistics

Defense	G-GS	UT	AT	TT	TFL	Sacks	FC	FR	PBU	Int.
2004	11-0	13	4	17	0.0-0	0.0-0	0	0	2	0-0
2005	11-10	18	18	36	1.0-1	0.0-0	0	1	3	3-0
2006	13-13	37	21	58	1.0-3	0.0-0	0	0	3	1-3
2007	13-13	23	31	54	3.5-24	2.0-17	1	1	3	0-0
Career	48-36	91	74	165	5.5-28	2.0-17	1	2	11	4-3

Returns G-GS KOR Yds Avg. TD PR Yds Avg. TD 2004 11-0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 2005 11-10 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 2006 13-13 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 2007 13-13 0 0 0.0 0 7 37 5.3 0 Career 48-36 0 0 0.0 0 7 37 5.3 0


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