Two seasons ago, Maryland's offensive line was woeful. Players kept getting hurt, meaning that inexperienced guys were being plugged in.
But last season, things were looking up. All of the previous season's injuries meant that young reserves had gained valuable experience. The opening-game starters in 2010 -- R.J. Dill and Justin Gilbert at tackle, Paul Pinegar at center and guards Andrew Gonnella and Justin Lewis -- had all played in multiple games.
This season, all were due back except Pinegar. But now comes word that Lewis -- who started 12 of 13 games in 2010 -- has been dismissed from the team and will answer second-degree assault allegations. How significant is his departure? It depends on the development of Pete White and Josh Cary. But it's certainly disappointing if you're a Terps fan.
I've filed a story for Wednesday's paper on Lewis, who, according to university police, responded to a warrant issued in Prince George's County.
"There are two sides to a story," the player's father, Ronald Lewis, told me Tuesday night when I asked about the allegations.