College Park — Brian Plummer got a late start to his football career.
It's a topic that often comes up when he talks about his speedy development as a player.
"My parents didn't want me to play, and I wasn't that interested," Plummer said. "But the little league coaches always told me to try out."
He's come a long way since finally starting to play the sport during his freshman year at South Carroll High School. The redshirt freshman is a back-up right tackle on the University of Maryland football team to junior Damian Prince.
Plummer's parents and coaches at South Carroll hope to see him in a Big Ten game on TV this fall.
It could happen.
"My goal is to play this year and get on the field," Plummer said. "It has crossed my mind and it would be awesome. All the hard work would be worth it."
Maryland football coach DJ Durkin loves the growth he's seen from Plummer since he came to College Park about a year ago.
"He is very thorough in what he does," Durkin said. "In weightlifting, diet and in the meetings. And you can tell it's carried over onto the field for him. He's got a bright future here."
Terps center Brendan Moore agrees.
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"I can't wait to see what he is going to be later on in his career," Moore said. "He is going to be great. He has a talent in its own — film study. He really tries to implement exactly what (offensive line coach Tyler) Bowen tells him to do the next day. He is very coachable."
Plummer has learned to appreciate the knowledge Bowen, a former Maryland player, brings to the job. Bowen has also worked as the offensive coordinator at Fordham and the tight ends coach at Towson University.
Plummer said he quizzes Bowen for ways to improve on and off the field. They've focused a lot on Plummer's run and pass blocking.
"Coach Bowen has really helped me out," Plummer said. "He really has pushed me and he hasn't stopped coaching me. If I mess up, he will be on me. Being a younger guy, I do need help in certain situations."
"He gets a chance to see their systems and gets used to what is going on. He just winds up so much better."