It’s time to continue Offensive Line Week at Testudo Times. It’s the continuation of a summer series that has already spread to quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. This week, we’ve already looked at left tackle, left guard and center. Time for the right side of the line.
The starter: Terrance Davis, No. 75
Weight: 315 pounds
Hometown: Temple Hills, Maryland
High school: DeMatha
Davis committed to Maryland at the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game, and he’s still the best recruit the Terps have landed in the last four years (No. 74 overall in his class). He wasted no time in making an impact, seeing action in all 13 games as a true freshman and grabbing the starting right guard spot from Maurice Shelton midseason. Davis then started all 12 games there last fall, giving him 21 consecutive starts entering 2018.
It’s worth noting that Davis, alongside left tackle Derwin Gray, was held out of spring practice as he recovered from injury. But he’ll be good to go when fall camp starts in August. He’s got the second-longest starting streak on the offensive line—center Brendan Moore has 26—and that shouldn’t be in jeopardy anytime soon.
Davis is the youngest member of an incumbent starting line with four seniors, but with this being his third year, it’ll be interesting to see if he plays his way into NFL Draft consideration. Both Gray and right tackle Damian Prince had draft potential this winter, and a strong junior campaign could vault Davis into a similar (if not better) position.
The backups: Marcus Minor, Ellis McKennie, Evan Gregory
Three guys we’ve already discussed this week!
Minor is a viable option at any guard or tackle spot, and it’s still unclear where he’ll spend the most time. He and Davis were teammates at DeMatha and could easily start alongside one another this season. Minor, who started one game at right tackle last season, is the most likely candidate to crack the starting lineup that returns all five incumbents.
This is our third straight day featuring McKennie, who could earn rotational time anywhere on the interior line. He entered six contests last year after seeing the field in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2016.
Gregory is a true freshman who just showed up on campus in June, but he’s got the talent to crack the rotation as early as this fall if need be. He could join Davis and Minor to form a trio of DeMatha linemen starting for the Terps in 2019, although it’s obviously too early to be thinking about those things.
Maryland’s tackles outnumber its interior linemen—some new names will be on this page tomorrow—which means there are fewer moving pieces in competition with each other. Regardless, though, this is Davis’ spot until further notice.