2010 Roster Preview- Offensive Line

TSR's Pete Volk previews the Terps position by position. Today previewing the offensive line.

The O-Line is where every great football team starts. Unfortunately, it's been a major problem for the past few years in College Park. With the loss of Bruce Campbell to the NFL Draft, the Terps might struggle yet again this year.

Justin Gilbert – SO (RS), Richmond, VA, 6'6”, 300 – Gilbert will anchor the Terps' offensive line at left tackle this season. This will be his first year as a starter, and his performance could make or break Maryland's whole season. No pressure or anything.

Andrew Gonnella – JR (RS), Monroe, NY, 6'5”, 305 – Gonnella started eight games last year at right guard, and is moving to spots over to left guard this year. He earned a scholarship right before last season, and has impressed coaches with his strength. We'll see if he can handle an entire year of playing time.

Paul Pinegar – SR (RS), Brookeville, MD, 6'4”, 290 – Pinegar is the best lineman the Terps have, and even he will be playing a new position this year at center. His 24 games (keep in mind, that's only two seasons worth) is tops among Terp o-linemen. His versatility is much appreciated by the coaches, but it's still unsure whether he'll be able to efficiently play center this year.

Bennett Fulper – SO, Gretna, VA, 6'4”, 295 – Fulper will compete with Justin Lewis for the starting right guard spot, a position battle that will be resolved in preseason camp. Along with Bruce Campbell, Fulper is the only Terp in the past four years to start on the O-Line as a true freshman. In this case, however, it showed the lack of depth and the staggering amount of injuries and poor play the Terps had to deal with, rather than a remarkable talent coming up. Fulper is good, however, and is a nice fit at right guard.

R.J. Dill – SO (RS), Mechanicsburg, PA, 6'7”, 300 – The tallest of the starters on the line, Dill will play at the other end of Gilbert at right tackle. As a redshirt freshman, Dill started eight games, making him one of the more experienced players on this weak line. He's very tall, and can grow into his frame even more, but he's a talented kid who has physical gifts.

Overall – F. Well, the good news is that three of the Terps five starters have three years left in the program. The bad news is it's tough to have confidence in any of the offensive lineman they have on the roster, besides Pingear, who's playing a new position and is a senior. There are plenty of linemen coming into the program with some promise – Sal Conaboy and Max Garcia come to mind – but none really stand out as the future of the program. What does stand out, however, is that poor offensive line play is without a doubt the main reason for coach Friedgen's recent failures as Maryland's coach.

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