Friday, March 5, 2010
ACC position superlatives: Maryland
By ESPN.com staff
We'll check out the Terps before the series resumes on Monday with Miami.
Strongest position: Linebackers
Key returnees: Alex Wujciak, Adrian Moten, Demetrius Hartsfield
Key departures: None.
The skinny: All three starters and their backups return. The only missing player from the group will be Drew Gloster, who is moving to defensive end to help with speed on the outside. Last year’s backup linebackers showed potential -- especially Ben Pooler, Avery Murray, and Darin Drakeford. Moten and Wujciak were the most productive players on defense last year.
Weakest position: Offensive line
Key returnees: RT R.J. Dill, LG Paul Pinegar and Bennett Fulper.
Key departures: C Phil Costa and LT Bruce Campbell
The skinny: The position took a significant hit from the decision of Campbell to leave early for the NFL draft. It’s a young group, but it’s in better shape than it was a year ago as far as guys at least having minimal experience. The Terps have six players who started at least one game. Fulper was a true freshman the staff liked last year, and Pinegar will take over for Costa at center. Justin Gilbert will be promoted to starting left tackle in place of Campbell.