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Maryland football’s Derwin Gray to return for senior season

The Terps’ starting left tackle is back for 2018.

Maryland v Wisconsin Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

Maryland football will see another season of Derwin Gray, as the left tackle announced Monday he will return for his senior season.

Gray started all 12 games at left tackle last season, and the 6’5, 330-pound redshirt junior was seen as a potential mid-round prospect for the NFL Draft this spring. Instead, he’ll return and anchor a unit that could potentially return all five starters. Right tackle Damian Prince faces the same stay-or-go predicament, and his decision is similarly unclear.

This is the second piece of good news for the Terps’ offensive line in as many days. Maryland hired James Madison offensive line coach Bryan Stinespring over the weekend to replace Tyler Bowen, who left for Penn State in December. While Stinespring will be the team’s fourth offensive line coach in as many seasons, the players will provide plenty of continuity up front.

Maryland is still awaiting Prince’s decision, and while the future plans of running back Ty Johnson, defensive end Jesse Aniebonam and safety Darnell Savage haven’t officially been announced, it’s expected that those players return for their final year of eligibility. If that’s the case, Maryland will be looking at its most experienced team under Durkin in 2018.