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MM 10.22: Maryland offensive lineman Austin Fontaine opts back into 2020 season

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland offensive lineman Austin Fontaine has decided to return to the team after previously opting out in August due to COVID-19 concerns, a team spokesperson confirmed to Testudo Times Wednesday.

Fontaine played in all 12 games for the Terps last year, starting at right guard in six. The redshirt sophomore stands at 6-foot-3, 300 pounds and is considered to be one of the better blockers on the offensive line.

He likely won’t be placed back into the starting unit after missing most of fall camp, and he isn’t currently listed on the depth chart, his return will provide much needed depth to a position group that could use it. Last year, Maryland allowed 38 sacks, the second most in the Big Ten. But it could take some time for Fontaine to regain his conditioning before he sees the field.

Fontaine went to high school in DeMatha, MD, where he played on the defensive line before switching sides of the ball in college.

In Other News

Maryland baseball alum Brandon Lowe had two home runs in game two of the World Series.

Maryland men’s basketball had a team photoshoot Wednesday.

Pat Chambers is no longer at the helm for Penn State men’s basketball. Assistant coach Jim Ferry is taking over as interim head coach.

Maryland football’s special team unit is trying to raise money for charity.

Maryland baseball was back in the lab today.

Maryland volleyball was putting in the work Wednesday.

Maryland women’s lacrosse is in practice form as well.