Returning Players: Celso Rivera (Sr.), Brett Kulka (Sr.), Mbi Tanyi (Sr.), Jesse Aniebonam (R-Sr.), Oseh Saine (Jr.), Adam McLean (Jr.), Keiron Howard (Jr.), Oluwaseun Oluwatimi (Jr.), Antonio DiCerbo (So.), Bryce Brand (So.), Brandon Gaddy (R-Fr.), Breyon Gaddy (R-Fr.), Lawtez Rogers (R-Fr.), B’Ahmad Miller (R-Fr.), Cam Spence (R-Fr.)
Transfers: Byron Cowart (Jr., Auburn)
If any position was really hurt by injury last year, it was the defensive line. After a nine-sack effort in the 2016 season, Jesse Aniebonam suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the team’s 2017 opener against Texas. Last season, Maryland’s defense recorded just 16 sacks, which was tied for second-fewest in the Big Ten. Aniebonam’s return to the field will surely be welcomed by a Terps defensive line that cannot be dominated in the trenches again if they expect to be competitive.
Something else that will be gladly received is the transfer of former Auburn Tiger Bryan Cowart. Cowart is a former five-star recruit who had minimal impact at Auburn before leaving the program last fall for Hillsborough Community College in Florida. He dominated in spring practice and should provide pass rush for a Maryland defense in desperate need of it.
With interior linemen Kingsley Opara and Cavon Walker graduating, Adam McLean, Mbi Tanyi, Brett Kulka and Oluwaseun Oluwatimi could all find themselves in the rotation.