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Maryland offensive lineman Derwin Gray returning for senior season

Maryland left tackle Derwin Gray will return for his senior season, he announced Monday on Twitter, a coup for a Terps team that could have one of the most experienced offensive lines in the Big Ten Conference this fall.

“After many sleepless nights and countless conversations with my family and coaches, I have decided to hold off on my NFL dreams for one more year and return to the University of Maryland for my fifth and final season,” he wrote.

Gray earned Big Ten honorable mention this past year, his first season starting every game for Maryland, and had the fourth-best pass-blocking efficiency in the conference, according to Pro Football Focus. He also was named the team’s top offensive lineman.

The Terps now await a decision from fellow redshirt junior lineman Damian Prince, who along with Gray graduated after the fall semester. Prince appeared and started in 11 games, rating No. 1 in the Big Ten in pass-blocking efficiency.

Maryland junior wide receiver DJ Moore and cornerback JC Jackson already have announced that they will forgo their last year of eligibility in College Park and turn pro.

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