Maryland's offensive line still a mixed bag early

Maryland's offensive line was one of the most unique position groups entering fall camp because of both the holes in the unit and the players who could help fill those vacancies. The Terps lost three starters at the end of the last season. They also returned five players who started at least one game last season, and a host of young players that spent last season redshirting.

So coach DJ Durkin and offensive line coach Dave Borbely have some options when it comes to constructing the unit they'll send into the trenches. And though a largely similar unit has appeared to work together as a first team for the first week of fall camp, many more changes could be on the horizon.


"Everything's very fluid right now," Durkin said. "We'll go a couple weeks here until we really hone in on, here, here's our depth chart and who's going to rotate and whatnot and get it that way."

After two practice sessions open to media this fall, the top line appears to be: senior Michael Dunn at left tackle, junior JaJuan Dulaney at left guard, sophomore Brendan Moore at center, senior Maurice Shelton at right guard and sophomore Damian Prince at right tackle.

Among the second unit, redshirt sophomore Mike Minter started the first three games of last season at left guard, while sophomore Derwin Gray made a couple of cameos last season and has the tools to be a physical force at 6 feet 5, 325 pounds. Redshirt freshman EJ Donahue, sophomore Sean Christie, junior Joe Marchese and redshirt freshman Quarvez Boulware all appear to be in the mix for playing time.

"I'm really impressed with them so far," Dunn said. "But we've still got a lot of work to do. It's only day five."

The group ranges in experience from Dunn's 37 career starts to zero for Boulware and Donahue, who come off redshirt seasons. But Maryland hasn't hesitated to mix and match in order to find what it wants out of the group in front of an uncertain set of quarterback competitors and a stable of running backs that could be dynamic in the running game this season.

In spring practice, Dunn and Prince sometimes worked at guard, and Boulware moved between center and guard. There's going to be some shifting in the trenches, but Dunn is confident in the ability of his position group to have success.

"We've got however many days until Howard," Dunn said. "But I'm happy with our progress so far and we're just going to keep getting better."