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 center from the state of Delaware.
Evan Mulrooney, Freshman (RS), Center, #50
Major: Letters and sciences, intending to switch to kinesiology
Twitter: None that we could find.
Collegiate Stats: N/A
High School Stats (Senior Year): N/A
Recruiting Ratings: Three stars by Scout (#15 C), 24/7, ESPN (#108 OT), two stars by Rivals (#4 in Delaware)
High School: Salesianum
Hometown: Wilmington, Del.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Evan Mulrooney was the left tackle of the best team in the state of Delaware, and he trailed only offensive guard Trip Thurman (who signed with Florida) in terms of the best offensive linemen in the state. He committed to Maryland back in April of 2010, during the spring game, and stayed strong throughout the coaching change. There were rumors that he might decommit, and NC State was pursuing him hard, but Mulrooney stayed with Maryland.
At Salesianum, Mulrooney played nose guard and long snapper as well as left tackle. He started out at the school as a tight end, but when the coaches discovered his hands weren’t good enough for the position they moved him over onto the line, with great results. In his senior year, the Sallies averaged over 300 yards and more than 30 points per game.
Mulrooney was recruited to Maryland by Tom Brattan, who took the prospect in the coaches’ office and showed him their wishlist at center – where Mulrooney’s name stood alone. He committed on the spot.
Mulrooney was named first team all-state and all-league after his senior season. Last season, he redshirted.
I got nothing. He does have a 6'2" grandma, though.
Getting offered by Maryland.
Mulrooney wins out the back-up center spot, seeing limited playing time.
Mulrooney stays behind Conaboy and Fulper on the depth chart, with no chance at a starting job for the foreseeable future.
Surprisingly enough, Sal Conaboy is listed ahead of incumbent starter Bennett Fulper on the spring depth chart at center. Evan Mulrooney sits behind both of them at third, and third-string center is not exactly an ideal position if you're looking for playing time.
Fulper will almost assuredly be the full-time starter come September, so the real battle is between Mulrooney and Conaboy for that second spot. Conaboy has a year of experience on Mulrooney, but both came to the program with a similar amount of hype, and both have a chance of becoming an effective ACC center.
For Mulrooney, this year isn't looking like that year. Instead, I'd expect a season similar to what we saw from Clarence Murphy on the other side of the ball last year - not much in field team, a lot of practice squad accolades, and enough experience to set himself in a good enough position for the following season.
Our next player is from a city which hosts an NFL team's training camp every year - in the same stadium his brother plays his college ball in.
Terpsonfire is on the board.
Maryland1206 - 7
kbuts151 - 5
Terpsfinish - 1
Mdak06 - 1
bubbasparks - 1
clevesanterp - 1
CSB Jack - 1
Terpsonfire - 1
Everybody else - 0