Offensive Line Critical to Terps Success

Wilson running the ball
Photo Credit: Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post

Saturday’s Spring Game in the pouring rain didn’t answer any questions at quarterback but, for the Terps to improve on last season’s 6-6 record, the offensive line must improve. Last season, the Terps was last in the Big Ten in Sacks Allowed with a staggering 49 sacks given up.

In February, the Terps brought in Tyler Bowen to replace Dave Borbely as the offensive line coach. Borbely remains with the Terps as the Special Assistant to the Head Coach. Bowen was the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for Fordham. In two short years there, he led a Rams offense that ranked fourth (FCS) in total offense and scoring average. A strong offensive line was one of the biggest reasons. Over a two year period, four offensive linemen received All-American and All-Patriot League honors.

Sophomore offensive lineman, Terrance Davis will be one of the linchpins on the unit. When asked about what Coach Bowen it was clearly apparent that his impact has already been felt.

“I feel like we’ve made huge strides in technique… our tempo is the best it’s been since I’ve been here”

Despite the numbers causing concern with pass protection, Maryland ranked fourth in the Big Ten in rushing. If the Spring Game is any indication, the Terps should be a strong again on the ground. Lorenzo Harrison and Ty Johnson got the run game off to a good start.

But, the coaching staff knows if they want the offense to take the necessary steps of improvement, they will need to get production in the passing game. The Terps have the talent on the outside with Taivon Jacobs and DJ Turner leading the way but whoever is the starting quarterback will need to have the time to throw. That starts with the offensive and it’s protection.

Other Notes:

  • Last weekend’s Spring Game might have been dreary weather wise but in terms of recruiting it was all sunny. DeMatha offensive linemen, Evan Gregory and Austin Fontaine, committed to Maryland.
  • Despite questions at the quarterback position, Coach DJ Durkin sees improvement.

    “The quarterbacks have competed really well throughout the spring and we’ve gotten better at that position this spring.”

  • According to Athlon Sports, Maryland has the toughest schedule in the country this season.

Marcus “Mook” Washington is the host of Making The Cut. Follow Mook on Twitter: @mtcwithmook and IG: MTCWithMook

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