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Maryland football news: Dave DeGuglielmo hired as offensive line coach

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The former New York Jets O-Line coach will be joining the Terrapin staff

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Maryland has made a new addition to their staff, as Dave DeGuglielmo will replace long-time staff member Tom Brattan as the team's offensive line coach, the school announced in a release. The staff is now complete, as the additions of wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and defensive line coach Chad Wilt were also made official.

DeGuglielmo last coached the o-line in the NFL for the Jets, Dolphins and Giants. Before the pros, he spent five years at the University of South Carolina, coaching under Lou Holtz. He also has stops at Boston University (his alma mater), UConn and Boston College. While at BC in 1991 and '92, he was on the same staff as Randy Edsall, who was the defensive backs coach while DeGuglielmo was a graduate assistant. Both worked under Tom Coughlin at BC, and DeGuglielmo later re-united with the head coach while with the Giants.

While in the NFL, DeGuglielmo's lines were known primarily for run blocking. In 2012, the Jets ranked fifth in the league in run blocking, according to Football Outsiders, while only 30th in pass protection (the quarterback at the time was Mark Sanchez so, ya know, maybe not totally his fault). In his three years as the O-line coach of the Dolphins (2009-2011), they finished third, 16th and 17th in run blocking and 14th, 15th and 30th in pass protection. He's coached multiple Pro Bowlers, including D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Jake Long and Chris Snee.

It was important that the staff got this hire done so quickly due to the ongoing recruitment of local 5-star offensive line recruit Damian Prince. DeGuglielmo's recruiting prowess is an unknown as of yet, but the NFL experience can't hurt. He also has ties to the Northeast region as well as South Carolina.