Former Maryland CB Dexter McDougle makes NFL debut

Former Maryland CB Dexter McDougle makes NFL debut
August 8, 2014, 7:00 am
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Former Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle, who was selected in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, made his professional debut Thursday night in a Jets 13-10 preseason win over Indianapolis at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

McDougle registered one tackle and defended one pass in the game.

With under seven minutes to play in the third quarter, the former Terrapins standout McDougle and fellow Jets defensive back Ellis Lankster brought down Colts wide receiver Tony Washington for a loss of two yards after a short pass to the right side of the field.

The play turned a 3rd-and-2 into a 4th-and-4, which forced Indianapolis to punt.

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Early in the fourth quarter, Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish attempted a pass to rookie wide receiver Eric Thomas over the middle. The pass fell incomplete and McDougle was credited with a pass defended.

McDougle appeared in only three games this past season for Maryland before his college career was ended by injury in Week 3 against Connecticut. While making an open-field tackle, McDougle's shoulder collided awkwardly with an opponent, fracturing his shoulder blade. 

He remained with the team during his recovery and the program's march to the Military Bowl. Come the spring, he participated in front of NFL scouts at the team's pro day in his first live, public action since undergoing surgery to repair the injury.

While at Maryland's pro day, he posted a 37-inch vertical leap and a 40-yard dash that ranged from 4.47 to 4.53. 

He was the only Maryland Terrapin taken in this year's NFL Draft. After signing his rookie contract in June, he now enters his first season with the Jets.