March 9, 2016
After playing in 11 games last season, Kulka is looking for a bigger role.
Maryland football starts its season in 87 days. Until then, we are profiling every player on the roster.
After redshirting during the 2014 season, Brett Kulka made his Maryland debut against Richmond in 2015. He appeared in 11 games and finished the season with four tackles. This year he will look to take another step forward.
Brett Kulka, defensive lineman
Weight: 254 pounds
Year: Redshirt sophomore
High School: General McLane High School
How Kulka got to College Park
Kulka was just a two-star recruit and the no. 63 player in Pennsylvania, according to the 247 Sports Composite. Maryland was the only Power 5 school he received an offer from, and he committed on Jun. 24, 2013. At General McLane High School, Kulka was an all-region player as an offensive and defensive lineman and was named all-state by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers and the PA Football News.
One career highlight so far
Kulka played in eleven games last season, and his best outing was against West Virginia, when he recorded two tackles and broke up a pass.
Kulka looks to be fighting for playing time again 2016. Maryland has holes in its defensive line after losing Yannick Ngakoue and Quinton Jefferson to the NFL Draft and will be looking for players to step up and fill the gaps. It’s tough to see Kulka earning a starting job, as he has to compete with Azubuike Ukandu and David Shaw, who both started last season, as well as Malik Jones and former blue-chip recruit Adam McLean. If he wants to earn more playing time this year, Kulka will have to separate himself from the herd.
What a dream season might look like
Kulka earns a starting job on the defensive line. He plays a big part in stopping the run and drawing double teams to allow Roman Braglio and Jesse Aniebonam to wreak havoc on the quarterback.
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