A guy like Pete DeSouza, whos progressed incredibly, could come and beat me out, or Klemm, or any one of those guys, said Dill.
This sentiment parallels those of so many presumable starters who have humbly pointed out teammates attributes ahead of their own, and have unpretentiously predicted training camps positional battles to be intense.
Dill plans to play every down during practices and games as if his coaches had never seen him play before. Even if he earns a starting job, You cant be happy with just being a starter, Dill said. Its not just about getting here, its not just about playing here, its about succeeding here. I want to succeed here by myself so I can help my team succeed.
Dill doesnt expect personal success to come easily, according to him. Hell spend most of his time this offseason and next season in The Gossett Team House, where he plans to scrutinize film and work out. He has also been studying NFL tackles techniques. Its never really an offseason, its just another season to get ready for, said Dill.
At the time of the former Trinity High School (Camp Hill, Pa.) recruits early commitment to Maryland, only four other schools had offered Dill athletic scholarships: Duke, Temple, Connecticut and Akron. He came to College Park with a three-star rating, but said he could care less about this label.
It doesnt mean anything to me, Dill said. I knew I could produce, and I have. Theres some coaches from my high school who didnt think I could do anything here. I was a Freshman All-ACC last year, so I think Im working out alright.