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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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.
Some thoughts on the recent social injustices: pic.twitter.com/gVBmHbXMaA— Damon Evans (@Evans_TerpsAD) May 30, 2020
May 30, 2020
These last few days have been so tough to watch. My stomach is in knots by the recent events throughout our country. We need a change and I will do whatever I can to make a positive change. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by these events. Black Lives Matter.— Brenda Frese (@BrendaFrese) June 1, 2020
Maryland football promoted #MarylandPride.
Through the decades...— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) May 30, 2020
Within every true Terp...
... IT'S REAL. pic.twitter.com/tG3nISxBUs
Maryland women’s basketball players took part in a fun game on Zoom.
When you’re still on mute on the Zoom call... #SayWhat pic.twitter.com/5zkFU4Tv1m— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) May 30, 2020
Maryland men’s lacrosse celebrated the anniversary of the 2017 National Championship.
Today we party like its 2⃣0⃣1⃣7⃣— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) May 29, 2020
Happy Anniversary to the Champs! #BeTheBest pic.twitter.com/aHufBqFeg9
Maryland women’s lacrosse looked back on its 2010 title.
10 years ago today...— Maryland Women's Lacrosse (@MarylandWLax) May 30, 2020
The 2010 Terps came back from 6-0 down to beat Northwestern 13-11 and win our 11th National Title
We finished the 2010 season 22-1! #TerpsOnTop pic.twitter.com/w1Agd5gQVx
Maryland baseball remembered its 2015 postseason run.
Five years ago today, that 2015 postseason run was just getting started #DirtyTerps pic.twitter.com/mSTmQMYapA— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) May 29, 2020