Returning Players: Sean Christie (Sr.), Brendan Moore (Sr.), Damian Prince (Sr.), Derwin Gray (Sr.), Terrance Davis (Jr.), Ellis McKennie (Jr.), Brian Plummer (So.), Johnny Jordan (So.), Marcus Minor (So.), Tyler Hamilton (So.), Jack Wagman (So.,) Tyran Hunt (R-Fr.)
Transfers: TJ Bradley (So., Lackawanna C.C.)
Maryland enters the 2018 season with continuity across the offensive line, with all of its starters from last year returning. The program is also bringing in new offensive line coach Bryan Stinespring, who most notably coached Michael Vick at Virginia Tech and has over 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level. The most important returnees on the line are Derwin Gray and Damian Prince. Both were rated top 5 pass blockers in the Big Ten last season by Pro Football focus; Gray was fourth, while Prince got the top spot.
The talent on the line doesn’t end at the starters; the Terps have talented linemen on the second team that could push for playing time. One of those players is former four-star recruit Marcus Minor, who appeared in nine games as a freshman last season and started at right guard against Michigan State. He could very well overtake one of the veterans for a starting spot.
Jordan McNair Update
The family of Jordan McNair hired the law firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy to investigate the circumstances of McNair’s death. This is the same firm that represented the family of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man whose highly-publicized death while in police custody sparked national outrage.
At Maryland’s Big Ten Media Day on July 24, Maryland head coach DJ Durkin expressed optimism in his staff and the safety procedures in place. However, the law firm representing McNair does not have those sentiments.
“We do not share Coach Durkin’s confidence, and we frankly don’t understand his confidence given that a beloved player of his has died on the practice field and without the benefit of a full and complete investigation,” managing partner Hassan Murphy said in a prepared statement, according to ESPN. “His confidence amplifies our fear that the University’s investigation will be driven by the their self-interest. We will await the completion of their investigation but more importantly, ours.”
Durkin also said the team would find a way to honor McNair during the season, and a “player committee” has been assigned to decide the best way to do so.