A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile a player who could be the starting left tackle for Maryland.
Nick Klemm, Junior (RS), Offensive Tackle, #74
Major: American Studies
Collegiate Stats: 17 games
High School Stats (Senior Year): N/A
Recruiting Ratings: Two stars by Rivals, Scout
High School: Wheeler
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High School Highlights:
None that we could find.
How'd He Get to College Park?
Nick Klemm played on an awful Wheeler team, earning honorable mention all-county honors in 2008 despite an 0-10 year for the Wildcats. He was a three-year starter on the offensive line, and also played on the defensive line and pitched on the baseball team.
Klemm made big strides in his game between his junior and senior seasons, and accepted an offer from Boston College. After the whole Jeff Jagodzinski thing went down, however, he reconsidered his options and ended up in College Park.
In his first season as a Terp, Klemm redshirted. In 2010 as a redshirt freshman, he played in eleven (eleven!) games as a back-up right tackle and special teams contributor. Last season, he played in six games off the bench.
Nick "The Tank" Klemm
Committing to Maryland.
Committing to Boston College.
Klemm holds on to the left tackle position, as Justin Gilbert moves to guard.
Justin Gilbert doesn't move to guard, remains healthy, and Klemm loses the starting job.
The career highlight we listed above is more of a joke - the real high point of Klemm's career so far is being named the starter at left tackle during the spring. Is it likely to stay that way? Probably not, but like with the rest of Maryland's line, anything can happen.
Justin Gilbert has only started six games in his Maryland career, but a healthy Gilbert would be the presumed favorite for the spot. The problem is, a healthy Gilbert is a large ask, but we'll talk about that at a later date. If he's out, Klemm starting at left tackle looks a lot more likely, with the only real competition being Mike Madaras (who will probably play on the right side anyway).
If Gilbert is healthy, Klemm could still start at left tackle - Gilbert has been rumored to be the favorite at right tackle, leaving the other side available for the big guy from Georgia.
Nick Klemm has been one of those guys who has just snuck his way into quite a bit of playing time and done well with it. In one less season, he's only played one less game than Gilbert (albeit with no starts). By all accounts (not pretending to be an O-Line expert) he's played well, and maybe having him as a starter wouldn't be so bad. Either way, he'll be seeing a good amount of playing time yet again.
Our next player shares his name with a top-ranked cornerback in next year's draft class.
Dirty_Terps gets his fourth.
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