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Five-star Maryland freshman Damian Prince moves from tackle to guard

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Prince will likely battle Silvano Altamirano for the starting left guard job.

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In an expected move, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has announced five-star true freshman Damian Prince will shift from offensive tackle inside to offensive guard, presumably entering the competition for the starting left guard spot. Edsall announced the news before practice Tuesday.

Evan Mulrooney and Silvano Altamirano had been battling for the starting left guard spot, but Mulrooney only recently left the hospital after a viral infection. Add in Sean Christie's ACL injury, and the move of Prince is an obvious one for depth reasons. Michael Dunn has locked down the starting left tackle spot, Edsall said Jake Wheeler is playing his best ball as a Terp, and Ryan Doyle and Derwin Gray are in a fierce battle at right tackle.

Prince unquestionably has the talent to succeed, and a move to guard gives him the best chance to claim a starting job. That leaves two jobs up in the air on the offensive line -- left guard and right tackle -- both featuring a talented but raw freshman going up against a lightly-recruited veteran with significant experience.