Maryland football starts its season in 42 days. Until then, we're profiling every player on the roster in our Profiles in Terpage series.
EJ Donahue, offensive lineman
Year: Redshirt Freshman
High School: Linganore HS (Md.)
Jersey Number: 71
How Donahue got to Maryland
Donahue was the No. 8 player in Maryland the No. 25 guard in the class of 2017, according to the 247Sports Composite. He opted to stay local despite offers from Wisconsin and a Florida State program a year removed from a national championship.
Donahue helped lead Linganore to a 23-3 record as an upperclassman, earning first team All-State and All-Frederick County awards along the way. He was a year-round athlete too, competing in lacrosse, track and wrestling. The 247 Sports Composite ranked him as the No. 25 guard in the country, while cracking the Scout 300 as well.
Donahue redshirted his freshman year. Maryland's offensive line in 2015 was filled with established seniors, making it hard for him to carve out a role had he been eligible anyway. Instead, Donahue spent last season getting stronger and learning the game at the collegiate level.
Michael Dunn will be the only senior returning on the offensive line that earned regular starts, so it's up to the younger players like Donahue to help protect whoever's taking snaps come Sept 3.
What a dream season might look like
Donahue makes the most of the game reps he's given, establishing himself as one of the most promising -- and physically imposing -- linemen that DJ Durkin has in his arsenal. He'll be with the Terps for the next four years, so even though nothing major will be expected of him quite yet, he has the physical tools and chance to build a foundation this year.
The next subject in this series...
...is a freshman defensive back who is listed as three pounds lighter than his brother.