Carter Drafted by the Panthers in the Fifth Round

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Maryland senior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round (161st overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon.

Carter is the second Terp to be selected in this year’s draft, following teammate DJ Moore, who also went to the Panthers in the first round on Thursday. Carter and Moore join former Terp great Torrey Smith to form a trio of Terps on the Panthers roster.

With Carter’s selection, Maryland has now had multiple players selected in the NFL Draft in three of the last four years.

“I’m so happy for Jermaine, the Panthers are getting a heck of a player,” said Maryland Head Coach DJ Durkin. “He has been a tremendous leader in our program the last two years and is an outstanding teammate. Jermaine has an incredible passion for the game and I couldn’t be more excited for him.”

Carter, who was a three-time Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection, ranked tied for fourth in the country with four forced fumbles in 2017. The senior also led the Terps and ranked ninth in the Big Ten with 90 tackles.

Carter is just the fifth player since 1969 to lead the Terps in tackles three straight seasons, joining Alex Wujciak (2008-10), D’Qwell Jackson(2003-05), E.J. Henderson (2000-02) and Ratcliff Thomas (1993-95). The Fort Washington native was named a team captain and the defensive MVP of the Terps in 2017.