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120 Players To Know - Maryland's Alex Wujciak
Maryland LB Alex Wujciak
Maryland LB Alex Wujciak
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 5, 2009


Who are the players you need to know about? Maybe they've been under the radar, or maybe they're the future NFL stars who'll be a really big deal next April. Get to know the stars of 2009 as CFN profiles 120 Players You Need To Know over 120 days (one for each team) continuing with Maryland LB Alex Wujciak.

120 Players You Need To Know

Maryland LB Alex Wujciak


By Richard Cirminiello

Who is Alex Wujciak? … It took two years for Wujciak to make his debut in College Park, but he sure was worth the wait for the locals. After redshirting in 2006 and sitting out 2007 with a knee injury, he spent all of 2008 making up for lost time. In just his first season on the field, he broke through with a team-high 133 tackles, earning All-ACC honors and promptly becoming one of the most important players on the defense. He’s a big fan of Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher, which shouldn’t be a surprise because he plays an awful like him. At somewhere north of 250 pounds, Wujciak will deliver the payload when he reaches his target, and has the keen instincts to constantly be around the ball. He plays with solid fundamentals and has great quickness in space, often sifting through a pile of jerseys to make a stop. He was heavily recruited from schools in Nebraska to New Jersey. Now that he’s healthy and has a full year of experience, Wujciak is about to validate all of those scholarship offers.      

Wujciak’s best game so far was … last Sept. 27 at Maryland. At a time when Clemson was still considered a ranked and dangerous program, Wujciak helped drop the Tigers down another rung. He was everywhere for the Terps in the 20-17 upset, collecting a career-high 16 tackles and doing his part to keep the home team scoreless over the final 37 minutes of the game.       

Why you should care about Wujciak? … After just one season of action, he’s already one of the top linebackers in the ACC. A second team all-star in 2008, he is the prototypical inside linebacker and a safe bet to keep getting better over the next two years. Maryland has gradually become a factory for NFL linebackers. Wujciak is already on the assembly line and working hard to become the next Terp defender to play on Sundays.

Positives about Wujciak … Wujciak plays with many of the qualities that coaches look for in an elite middle linebacker. Both big and physical, he craves contact and plays with a no-quit, blue-collar mentality. His feel for the position and natural instincts are two of the primary reasons he was able to make so many big plays as a sophomore. He flows nicely to the ball, will shed blockers, and rarely misses a tackle.   

Negatives about Wujciak … While Wujciak doesn’t have an issue with his speed, he would like to get faster during the offseason. When you’re a 6-3, 255-pound linebacker, you’re just not going to run with the zip or the flash of an elite free safety. He’s also determined to get a little stronger, a job requirement considering how physical he plays and how much contact he dishes out.

A cool thing about Alex Wujciak you probably didn’t know … Wujciak’s dad Al played on the offensive line for Notre Dame in the 1970s, including the Irish’s 1974 national championship squad. In fact, he can be seen in the famous clip of Rudy Ruettiger at the end of the movie Rudy.   

Career Statistics
2007: Did not play because of injury
2008: 133 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks


Statistics, information and photo provided by the Maryland sports information department