Maryland football starts its season in 51 days. Until then, we’re profiling every player on the roster.
Maurice Shelton, offensive lineman
Weight: 304 pounds
Year: Redshirt senior
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Jersey No: 79
How he got to College Park
Shelton was born in Japan, but he later moved to the United States and attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School. At Roosevelt, he led the team to the county championship during his senior year and was named second team all-county.
Shelton was also an excellent student, graduating high school with a 3.7 GPA. He was named a Banneker/Key Scholar, the highest scholarship an incoming freshman can receive.
He walked on in the fall of 2012, and was a member of the scout team offense during his first two years at Maryland. He made his debut in the 2014 season opener against James Madison, and appeared in seven games, including two starts, in 2015.
Shelton made his first career start against No. 10 Iowa last season.
After starting two games last season, Shelton has a chance to get some playing time He is one of many lineman battling for it, in an odd mix of walk-ons and former blue-chip recruits. He saw reps at center, right and left guard in the spring, and with a good training camp, he could earn a starting job. It’s probably a little likelier that Shelton contributes in a sort of utility role around the line.
What a dream season would look like
Shelton has a strong training camp and wins a starting job. He helps provide holes for Maryland’s running backs and protection for whoever starts at quarterback.
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