Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Over the last two weeks, we focused on receivers and tight ends; this week, we’re looking at Maryland’s offensive linemen.
Our projected starter: Terrance Davis, sophomore, No. 75
As a true freshman, Davis played in all 13 games last season, starting the final nine at right guard. He was as solid as any Terp on the offensive line all season long, solidifying himself as a stud on the line early in his Maryland career. It’s hard to see him relinquishing his spot at right guard for the duration of his time in College Park.
That said, no player’s position is safe on DJ Durkin’s roster. He encourages competition at every spot, but that should only make Davis better as he continues to live up to his four-star, high school Under Armour All-American billing. The 6’3, 315-pound rising sophomore is almost perfectly built to be an elite guard and showed all the tools necessary to blossom into one of the premier guards in the Big Ten as he matures.
Aside from his on-field talents, Davis is the perfect calling card for the staff to roll out to recruits when selling both their vision for a stay-at-home movement and early playing time. A blue-chip recruit out of DeMatha, Davis was the top-rated recruit in Maryland’s Class of 2016, the No. 3 prospect in Maryland and the No. 74 overall prospect in the entire country. He’s a living embodiment of “The Movement” and should only continue to improve as he grows older.
Next in line: Ellis McKennie, RS sophomore, No. 68; Will McClain, RS sophomore, No. 77
If you’ve been paying attention to this series of offensive line previews, it should come as no surprise to you to see McKennie listed here (again). In case you haven’t been paying attention, or just need a refresher, I’ve written about how his experience and his frame make him the ideal candidate to be a utility interior lineman here and here.
McClain, on the other hand, is new to this series. The 6’5, 305-pound sophomore played in only one game last season, making his collegiate debut against Howard in Week 1. It’s no lock that he’d be the second man off the bench if push came to shove, but since we already looked at Richard Merritt here and Johnny Jordan (who’s more of a center anyway) here, it’s only fair to throw McClain’s name around here too.
There’s only one more position left on the offensive line, so we’ll talk about right tackles tomorrow.