On Sunday evening, Maryland coach Randy Edsall called five walk-ons to stand in front of their teammates in Glazer Auditorium at Gosset Football Team House and delivered some life changing news.

"These are the moments in coaching that make it feel really, really good OK?" Edsall said in a video posted to Twitter. "One thing that I'm letting you guys know now in front of our family and your teammates, each and every one of you guys is going to be on scholarship."


Some celebration ensued.

Maryland officially announced Tuesday morning that sophomore guard Mike Minter, junior fullback Andrew Stefanelli, junior long-snapper Christian Carpenter and junior defensive linemen Azubuike Ukandu and Ty Tucker had earned scholarships and were no longer walk-ons.

"Each of those five guys worked extremely hard for this and have earned it," Edsall said in a statement. "They've put in the work in the classroom, weight room and on the field, and are truly deserving of this."

For Minter, the honor comes before the Severna Park native is slated to make his first career start in Saturday's season opener against Richmond. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Minter is expected to start at left guard after projected starting right tackle Damian Prince got "nicked up," forcing senior Ryan Doyle to move from left guard to right tackle and open the slot for Minter. Minter made his only career appearance in last year's season opener.

"I think that Mike Minter is a guy that's one of those guys that's a competitor," Edsall said at his Tuesday press conference. "He went out there and worked really, really hard. There was things that we saw of him in the spring that we liked, and he just went out and executed and did the things that he needed to do."

Edsall said Prince has returned to practice and "he's just got to keep working."

During August, Edsall talked about putting his offensive line together as the five best linemen on the team without necessarily being constrained by position. There is some versatility on the team — as evidenced by Doyle moving from guard to tackle — and Edsall looks to take advantage of that.

So for Saturday, Maryland is looking at a starting offensive line of left tackle Michael Dunn, Minter, center Evan Mulrooney, right guard Andrew Zeller and Doyle. That could change as health and effectiveness change. But for now, Edsall is putting his trust in those five.

"Those five are playing well together, and really, the biggest thing is communication," Edsall said. "Right now, as we go into the first game, those are the five best that we have, and that's why we ended up moving Ryan Doyle to the right tackle and Mike Minter went in there. Those five have been working very well and communicating very well together."


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