Derwin Gray, Freshman, Offensive Tackle, #75
High School Stats (Senior Year): N/A
247sports composite Ratings: Four stars. He was the top player in D.C. coming out of high school and the ninth-best offensive tackle in the nation and was the second-best prep school player nationally.
Who Maryland beat: Florida State, Auburn, Ohio State, Clemson and Penn State.
High School: Friendship Academy (D.C.) and Fork Union Military Academy (Va.)
Hometown: Washington, DC
High School Highlights:
Here's the tape from his senior year at Friendship. And here's FlaTerp's film review.
How'd He Get to College Park?
Gray has had an interesting path to finally getting to College Park. In his junior season at Friendship Academy, Gray was forced to sit out the entire season because of poor academic performances. He bounced back for his senior year, earning a spot on the Under Armour All-American team and eventually committing to his hometown Terps. Gray hit a speed bump on his route to Maryland, as he failed to post high enough SAT scores to qualify academically.
Profiling the entire team
Gray held on to his scholarship and attended Fork Union Military Academy to boost his GPA and become academically eligible for the 2014-15 season. After a successful season and semester at Fork Union, Gray transferred to Maryland and was on campus last semester to start working out and taking part in spring practices with the team. He suffered an injury before practices started, however, and was unable to participate.
Derwinism, the theory that no quarterback baring "Maryland' upon their chest will ever be sacked.
Being selected to the Under Armour All-American team
Starting in his true freshman season and against all odds, not allowing a sack in all of conference play.
At this point, it's a bit hazy to tell whether he will be playing guard or tackle, but as of now he is a very, very unlikely candidate to be redshirted, seeing that last season he spent a semester at a military preparatory school that has a renowned football program. He's got the size, quickness and grit to start immediately on the offensive line but he will have to compete with the likes of Ryan Doyle, Andrew Zeller and fellow freshman Damian Prince.
According to Pete's scholarship chart, Gray is currently sitting as the second-best offensive guard behind rising junior Zeller. The crystal ball looks bright for the young o-lineman. If he doesn't start immediately, then I would be shocked if he didn't work his way to a starting position by the end of the season.
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