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Terps lose offensive line coach Tyler Bowen to Penn State

Penn State has hired Tyler Bowen as its tight ends coach after just one season as Maryland’s offensive line coach, the school announced Friday.

Bowen, a former offensive lineman and student assistant coach for Terps head coach Ralph Friedgen, served as the tight ends coach at Towson University in 2013 and as a graduate assistant at Penn State in 2014. Before joining the Terps in February, he was offensive coordinator at Fordham.

Bowen replaces Ricky Rahne, who was promoted to Nittany Lions offensive coordinator in the wake of former coordinator Joe Moorhead’s hiring Wednesday as head coach of Mississippi State.

Under Bowen, Maryland’s third offensive line coach in as many years, the Terps again struggled to protect their quarterbacks, two of whom suffered season-ending injuries while scrambling outside the pocket. While Maryland improved on its Big Ten Conference-worst 3.8 sacks allowed per game from 2016, the Terps still finished second last in the league in the category (2.9).

Even with four linemen with starting experience returning and Lorenzo Harrison and Ty Johnson back in the backfield, Maryland’s rushing offense also fell off, dropping from 199.5 yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry to 161.7 and 4.4, respectively.

A Georgia native, Bowen was the Terps’ main recruiter for three offensive line commits — four-star Jaelyn Duncan (St. Frances) and three-stars TJ Bradley and Spencer Anderson — and kicker commit Joseph Petrino.

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