Better Know a Terp- R.J. Dill

Offensive lineman R.J. Dill is not taking anything for granted in 2010.

Contrary to what most knowledgeable Terps fans might believe, soon-to-be junior offensive tackle R.J. Dill isn’t thinking of himself as the set starter on the right side. Dill played in all games last year, starting in eight of them.

“A guy like Pete DeSouza, who’s 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 camp’s 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 can’t be happy with just being a starter,” Dill said. “It’s not just about getting here, it’s not just about playing here, it’s about succeeding here. I want to succeed here by myself so I can help my team succeed.”

Dill doesn’t expect personal success to come easily, according to him. He’ll 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. “It’s never really an offseason, it’s just another season to get ready for,” said Dill.

At the time of the former Trinity High School (Camp Hill, Pa.) recruit’s “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 doesn’t mean anything to me,” Dill said. “I knew I could produce, and I have. There’s some coaches from my high school who didn’t think I could do anything here. I was a Freshman All-ACC last year, so I think I’m working out alright.”

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