This season’s offensive line is without some familiar faces from the past few seasons with the loss of Terrance Davis and Ellis McKennie, leaving plenty of holes to fill ahead of the team’s first game, but is looking to garner consistency as a unit behind position coach John Reagan.
The second-year coach ends the streak of one-and-dones for Maryland at the position, which has had a different leader in each of the last five seasons.
In a disappointing 2019 campaign in which the Terrapins finished with a 3-9 record, their offensive line conceded 38 sacks, the second highest total in the Big Ten behind just Illinois — though the Fighting Illini played one more game. The team allowed 3.2 sacks per game, which was dead last in the conference. And the line ranked 118th overall nationally in 2019 out of 130 eligible teams, dead last in the conference.
Head coach Mike Locksley placed an emphasis on strengthening the trenches this offseason, bringing in two JUCO offensive lineman, as well as nine freshmen at the position.
“I think we did a really good job last year of recruiting the position, and we brought in a whole lot of guys, offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery said. “We wanted to grow that position. We thought that we’ve grown it with athleticism at the guard position, some length and girth at the tackle position. So we’re looking forward to it.”
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