OL Arnett Likes Offensive Line Next Season

Terps offensive lineman DeOnte Arnett believes offensive line will be solid in 2012.

Junior offensive guard DeOnte Arnett is looking forward to starting a new chapter of Terrapin football and be part of the rebuilding process, particularly on the offensive line which helped the Terps offense rank third in the ACC in rushing yards (169.3 yards per game) and fourth in fewest sacks allowed (1.4 allowed per game).

The offensive line saw many changes this offseason, with tackles Max Garcia and R.J. Dill both transferring, Garcia to Florida and Dill to Rutgers. Even with the loss of two dominant offensive linemen, Arnett does not expect to see a drop-off in production from the line.

“Well the biggest change I know is Max Garcia leaving, but the most part, everybody who played last year is still here,” Arnett said. “I think we should be really solid. We have really solid backups, we have really good players competing for number one spots so that means we'll have really solid number twos. That will make us an overall solid unit.”

Arnett played in five games last season and started the last game against N.C. State at guard. He is battling junior guard Josh Cary for the starting right guard position, but he feels that his experience from last season will help him improve as a player and possibly hold onto the starting spot from last season.

“It feels great because now I feel like I know exactly what I need to do, exactly how I need to play to maintain and get a starting role and just to build overall as a player to potentially make it to the next level,” Arnett said. “Coach Brattan is a great coach and it's going to be a good ride next year.”

The offensive line will also have some new faces, including highly recruited freshmen Mike Madaras and Nick Brigham, both who could make a push for playing time in their freshmen seasons.

“I think they have the potential to be great offensive linemen in the future,” Arnett said. “They have really good work ethic so they're going to learn. That's all we need right now.”

Arnett said he still feels the sting from last season's 2-10 disappointment and strongly believes that this season will be much better. He believes that everyone, not just the offensive line, is prepared to work even harder to redirect the program towards success next year.

“Next season, I think we'll be a really good team,” Arnett said. “Everybody's been working hard all summer and learning their plays, getting into the play books. It's our time to shine. It's our time to pick up the pieces and put it all together.”

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