Maryland's backup center should add solid depth in 2013.
Here's our profile of Evan Mulrooney, the redshirt sophomore set to back up Sal Conaboy at center and - potentially - fill in all over the Terps' offensive line this season.
Evan Mulrooney, Sophomore (RS), Center, #50
Major: Remains in Letters & Sciences, according to the athletic department's website, with plans to pursue kinesiology.
Twitter: Not that we could find.
Collegiate Stats: 7 games, 5 starts (all at center)
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?
See this section in last year's profile of Mulrooney for his thorough backstory, but a bit about him here: Mulrooney was one of Delaware's best offensive linemen when he came out of high school in 2011, playing for one of the best teams in the state. He committed to the Terps in April 2010 and found his way to College Park the following year despite murmuring that he could bolt for North Carolina State. Maryland assistant Tom Brattan headed up Mulrooney's recruitment to College Park.
Nickname: Mulch. (That sounds rough and rigid and offensive line-ish, doesn't it?)
Mulrooney's name has just popped up on the 2012-13 ACC Academic Honor Roll, along with nearly 200 other Terrapin athletes.
Mulrooney's clearly the understudy to Sal Conaboy at center, so unfortunately, his personal dream season would have to include an injury to Conaboy followed by Mulrooney stepping in and leading a much-improved offensive line. In such a case, perhaps Mulrooney would jump ahead of Conaboy, a junior, on the depth chart heading into 2014. But that doesn't seem wholly likely.
The most likely outcome for Mulrooney is that he jumps around the offensive line as one of the top backups at every position on the unit - and does fine doing it. As Pete notes, he's got versatility from his high school days and seems excited at the prospect of contributing at different spots on the line. Mulrooney has good athleticism, and Maryland has hailed him as a quality run-blocker. He's not likely to permanently leapfrog any of the line's five starters (Conaboy, Mike Madaras, Nick Klemm, De'Onte Arnett and Andrew Zeller). But attrition is a sad reality of life as a lineman, and the Terps are sure to see several blockers go down throughout the season. When they do, Mulrooney - now in his third year in College Park - should be frequently involved.
Up Next: Mulrooney might put pressure on this guy with a strong performance.
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