Maryland football long snapper Matt Oliveira announced Monday that he will be transferring to South Carolina for his final year of eligibility.
Oliveira started for the Terps in every game over the past two years, with two tackles last season and four total over his career in College Park.
Beyond excited to announce that I will play my final year of eligibility at the University of South Carolina. Thank you to the University of Maryland for the past 4 years. Time to get back to work #SpursUp #SEC @gamecockfb @CoachWMuschamp @CoachHutzler pic.twitter.com/1JKQvuzrsa— Matt Oliveira (@xmattt2506) June 10, 2019
Oliveira’s departure is another sting for the Terps’ special teams unit. Starting punter Wade Lees announced in May that he would be transferring to UCLA, and the kicking and punting units didn't look great in the spring game or spring practice.
Maryland will lean on kicker Joseph Petrino, who went 12-for-14 on field goals last season, but the team currently doesn’t have an experienced punter or long snapper on the roster. Rising sophomore James Rosenberry is the sole long snapper on the roster, and while he was rated a five-star by Kohl’s Kicking in the 2018 class, he has no gameplay under his belt. The only punters the Terps have are two freshmen walk-ons — Anthony Pecorella and Colton Spangler — who have yet to be listed on the online roster.
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