Maryland head coach Randy Edsall and Co. didn’t put out a spring depth chart, but if any spot is going to be watched the most this spring it may well be the offensive line, coaches and fans alike.
While it’s early yet to tell where the line will begin this week, it’s safe to say by the end of camp, and into the fall, the names Derwin Gray, Damian Prince and Brendan Moore, all promising freshmen that redshirted last season, may be starters/fixtures.
Going left to right, it’s a strong bet the four-star and former Under Armour All-American tackle Gray will soon be entrenched protecting the blindside at left tackle, while gone is starting left guard/senior Silvano Altamirano. In his place could be junior Ryan Doyle, who flipped around positons last season but will play guard this year.
At center, senior Stephen Grommer is hoping to finally make his mark with veteran Sal Conaboy moving on to graduation. But the athletic and cerebral Moore, a three-star signee out of Texas last year, may have something to say about that before long.
At right guard, junior Andrew Zeller returns, while at right tackle the Under Armour AA Prince, who reported last fall way overweight, has lost a good chunk of it and is starting to look more like the five-star signee of a year ago.
Edsall is looking for his ‘best five,’ and you still have junior starter Michael Dunn back at tackle, who can also play guard, senior guard/center Evan Mulrooney, and injured freshman Sean Christie, who blew out his knee in his first camp last fall. There’s also sophomore Jajuan Dulaney, who has had injuries and hadn’t lived up to expectations but has promise. And the good news is both Doyle and Dunn have played multiple positions and can swing around spots.
And, of course, in the signing class were four-stars Quarvez Boulware and E.J. Donahue, to name a few, but hopefully they all redshirt as UMD is finally starting to get some elite beef in the trenches they can season with redshirt years.
Maryland got better last year up front, but still needs more ‘umph’ and physicality, especially in run game blocking. Pass pro got better in 2014, but its time Maryland got to the next level up front, and nastier, as some of the Big Ten wars exposed them in their inaugural season.
After years of hits and misses, it may finally be a position whose time has come.
The Terps also return former walk-ons Mike Minter, Joe Marchese, Michael Schmitt, Banks Agaruwa and Maurice Shelton. They also said goodbye to late-season revelation/senior Jake Wheeler, who started the final few games at left tackle.
Spring Football Preview III: Offensive Line
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