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#44 Justus Pickett
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Ardrey Kell HS
Experience: 1 Letter
A quick, shifty player who saw extended time as a reserve running back and kickoff return specialist last season ... one of eight true freshmen to play in 2011 ... expected to battle for the No. 1 tailback spot in the spring ... ranks tied for 17th on Maryland's career kickoff returns (30) list and 21st on the kickoff return yards (568) chart.

As a Freshman (2011): Played in all 12 games at running back and on special teams ... led the team with 30 kick returns for 568 yards ... the total returns rank tied for fifth on the Maryland single-season list and the return yards are ninth ... finished third on the team with 74 rushes for 274 yards ... had six carries for 22 yards in the season opener against Miami (9/5) ... carried the ball twice for zero net yards, and had four catches for minus-1 yard against West Virginia (9/17) ... made one catch for 4 yards and had two rushes for 7 yards against Temple (9/24) ... saw an expanded role against Towson (10/1), carrying it 14 times for 82 yards, including a 5-yard TD run ... earned the offensive game ball from the coaching staff for his performance vs. Towson ... ran it 10 times for 33 yards and returned one kickoff for 14 yards against Georgia Tech (10/8) ... rushed five times for 31 yards and caught one pass for 11 yards against Clemson (10/15) ... rushed eight times for 28 yards against Florida State (10/22) ... had a career long 30-yard kickoff return vs. FSU ... ran eight times for 33 yards and had three kickoff returns for 40 yards in a start against Boston College (10/29) ... rushed six times for 13 yards and had one kickoff return for 25 yards against Virginia (11/5) ... didn't have a carry but returned three kicks for 62 yards against Notre Dame (11/12) ... rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught two passes for 35 yards, including a 31-yard TD, against Wake Forest (11/19) ... averaged 27.8 yards on five kick returns, including a season-long 39 yarder, and had five carries for a net of minus-5 yards against NC State (11/26).

At Ardrey Kell High School: One of the most electrifying players in the Southeast as a senior ... rushed for 2,429 yards in 2010, the third-most yards ever in one season by a Mecklenburg County back ... also had 31 rushing TDs as a senior which was ninth in county history ... the 2010 Southwestern 4A Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... also named to several all-state teams as a senior ... ranked as the 10th-best all-purpose senior back in the nation and the 19th-best player in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com ... Scouts, Inc., had him listed as the 26th-ranked running back in the nation ... the No. 70 running back in the nation by Scout.com ... rushed for over 1,400 yards as a junior ... played basketball and ran track ... also considered Arkansas, West Virginia and Wake Forest ... coached by Adam Hastings.

Personal: Born in Charlotte, N.C. ... lists Barry Sanders as his all-time favorite NFL player ... plans to major in business ... enrolled in letters and sciences.

Pickett's Career Statistics
RushingG-GSAttGainLostNetAvgTDLP
201112-174294202743.7119

Career12-175294202743.7119

ReceivingG-GSRecYdsAvgTDLP
201112-110494.9131

Career12-110494.9131

ReturnsG-GSKORYdsAvgTDPRYdsAvgTD
201112-13056818.90000.00

Career12.13056818.90000.00

Career Highs
Rushing Yards - 82 (vs. Towson, 10/1/11)
Rushing Attempts - 14 (vs. Towson, 10/1/11)
Long Rush - 19 yards (twice: vs. Clemson, 10/15/11; vs. Towson, 10/1/11)
Rushing TDs - 1 (vs. Towson, 10/1/11)
Receiving Yards - 35 (vs. Wake Forest, 11/19/11)
Long Reception - 31 (vs. Wake Forest, 11/19/11)
Receptions - 4 (vs. West Virginia, 9/17/11)
Receiving TDs - 1 (vs. Wake Forest, 11/19/11)
Long Kickoff Return - 39 yards (vs. NC State, 11/26/11)


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