Adrian Amos, a Penn State senior who played under Davis at Calvert Hall, is one of three players from Baltimore County who could play a key role when Maryland faces the Nittany Lions Saturday in State College, Pa. Donovan Smith (Owings Mills) is Penn State's starting left tackle. Trevor Williams (Calvert Hall) is a starting cornerback.
As the Ravens prepared for Sunday's game against the Colts (2-2) at Lucas Oil Stadium, they had plenty to worry about. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, orchestrates the NFL's top-ranked offense and has convinced many that he's on his way to becoming the league's top quarterback.
At every stop in his young football career, undrafted rookie James Hurst hasn't had much time to settle in before being thrust into a starting role. In both high school and college, it turned out he was ready the moment he walked onto the field, and the Ravens are hoping the same proves true on Sunday when he starts in place of left tackle Eugene Monroe, who underwent knee surgery on Wednesday.
Baltimore's first-round pick in the 1966 NFL draft, Ball helped anchor the offensive line for four years, during which the Colts (43-9-4) won two conference and three division titles. Knees shot, he bowed out following the Super Bowl victory over the Dallas Cowboys and took up a career in agribusiness.
Even after creating $3 million in salary-cap space by converting $4 million of Webb's $7.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, the Ravens are just $3.321 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
Maryland's Sal Conaboy is used to being in the middle of controlled chaos, whether it meant growing up as the second youngest of eight siblings near Scranton, Pa., or as the starting center the past two seasons on ther Terps' endlessly revolving offensive line.
He walked onto the football team at Wisconsin, his home state university, as a tight end, but outgrew the position and moved to offensive tackle. In a program known for producing NFL offensive linemen, Wagner protected future Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's blind side and created holes for future Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball.
Michael Dunn started the first nine games at right guard last year and the final four at right tackle, but he played well enough during the spring that Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall moved him to left tackle.
Maryland's five defensive leaders are also roommates. Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson, defensive tackle Darius Kilgo, inside linebacker L.A. Goree and outside linebackers Matt Robinson and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil frequently watch film and talk about the Terrapins' defense.
Now, Canty has to apply again for medical approval to continue wearing his non-standarized facemask after being granted permission along with three other players last year, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Baltimore Sun in an email.
After starring as a defensive end at the University of Connecticut, Tim Willman attended the Jacksonville Jaguars rookie mini-camp in May and hopes he did enough to impress the coaches and earn a chance to make the team later this summer.