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MM 6.1: Maryland football picks up offensive line transfer from Nebraska

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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 football has added more depth to its offensive line for the upcoming 2020 season, securing walk-on offensive lineman Mitchell Balenger from Nebraska on Friday.

“Excited to have the health to continue playing this game,” Balenger tweeted. “It was very hard to leave a place like Nebraska. It was a life changing experience of learning & creating relationships for a life time. I’m very thankful to strap up again at the University of Maryland!”

Balenger, a Maryland-native, walked on with the Cornhuskers in 2018, turning down several FCS and Division II offers to fight for a spot on head coach Scott Frost’s offensive line.

But after redshirting his first season and failing to see the field in 2019, he’s decided to return to his home state for his final three years of eligibility.

Balenger now becomes one of seven incoming offensive lineman for the Terps next season, coming into a position room that lost three starting-caliber players from a season ago. As a 22-year-old redshirt sophomore, Balenger’s experience could yield playing time as soon as this season.

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Lila reunited the 2002 Maryland football team, complete with appearances from current head coach Mike Locksley, quarterback Scott McBrien and several NFL Pro Bowl selections. Check out the latest episode of Back with the Squad.

Several Maryland athletics leaders and coaches released statements following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, which has been followed by protests across the country.

Maryland football promoted #MarylandPride.

Maryland women’s basketball players took part in a fun game on Zoom.

Maryland men’s lacrosse celebrated the anniversary of the 2017 National Championship.

Maryland women’s lacrosse looked back on its 2010 title.

Maryland baseball remembered its 2015 postseason run.