Maryland coach DJ Durkin addressed one of the major weaknesses of his team in his first year by making a change within his staff Saturday. Durkin brought back Tyler Bowen, who played and coached under Ralph Friedgen at Maryland, to coach the offensive line.
Dave Borbely, who served as offensive line coach last season, will become Durkin’s special assistant.
Bowen spent two seasons at Fordham, coaching the offensive line both years and serving as offensive coordinator last season. Under Bowen, the Rams ranked fourth in the Football Championship Subdivision in total offense (498.2 yards per game) and scoring offense (40.1 points per game) this past season.
Bowen played three seasons at tight end at Maryland before injuries ended his playing career. He served as a student assistant coach in Friedgen’s last season in 2010 and as a graduate assistant for two seasons under Randy Edsall. He also coached tight ends at Towson in 2013, when the Tigers advanced to the FCS national title game, and was a graduate assistant at Penn State in 2014.
“Tyler is an extremely talented and innovative coach, who has had a great deal of success at each stop during his coaching career,” Durkin said in a statement. “He led one of the most prolific offenses at the FCS level while at Fordham and he’ll be a big asset to our staff. Tyler has passion for this university, having been a former player and staff member. We’re happy to welcome Tyler back to College Park and are excited to have him as part of our coaching staff.”
Under Borbely, Maryland’s line helped open holes for the Big Ten’s fourth-best rushing attack (199.5 yards per game, 43rd nationally). But the unit struggled to protect the quarterback, giving up a Big Ten-worst 49 sacks, which was second most among Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
“I appreciate Dave’s contributions to the program during our first season at Maryland and look forward to working with him in his new off-the-field role,” Durkin said.
In Bowen’s two years at Fordham, four offensive linemen were selected as All-Americans. Also, running back Chase Edmunds led the FCS in rushing yards per game and was second in both total rushing yards and all-purpose yardage in 2016.