Thanks to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times, we have a first look at Maryland’s spring football depth chart, and there are quite a few surprises. First, let’s look over the offense line.
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1. Justin Gilbert, Junior (RS) – 6’6″, 300
2. Max Garcia, Sophomore – 6’4″, 290
3. Cody Blue, Sophomore (RS) – 6’4″, 270
Gilbert was the starter at left tackle until tearing his ACL in September, moving R.J. Dill over to that spot. Garcia is a prospect for the Terps who could actually fight Gilbert for his job, but it’s the junior’s spot to lose.
1. Andrew Gonnella, Senior (RS) – 6’5″, 295
2. De’Onte Arnett, Sophomore (RS) – 6’4″, 275
3. Nate Clarke, Freshman – 6’3″, 295
Gonnella is one of the better stories on the team, and he’s seemingly been on the team forever. He joined the team as a walk-on in 2007 from Monroe, N.Y., and earned a scholarship two years ago. He started eight games as a sophomore at right guard, and moved to left guard last year, starting all 13 games. He’s got this one on lock. Arnett recently moved from the defensive line, and Clarke is a highly heralded freshman who will likely redshirt his first year.
1. Bennett Fulper, Junior – 6’4″, 295
2. Sal Conaboy, Freshman (RS) – 6’3″, 265
3. Chris Pressley, Freshman – 6’5″, 340
Fulper lost out the right guard position battle to Justin Lewis last year, but after injuries shuffled Paul Pinegar from center to right tackle the junior found himself as the starting center, a job that he performed admirably. Conaboy, like Garcia, was a highly touted offensive line recruit in the 2010 class, so he might see some playing time. Pressley is a gigantic walk-on who is probably being used in the middle because of his lack of speed. He’s an interesting prospect for the future – he could be the kind of guy brought into the game just to counter some Zach Kerr-sized nose tackles.
1. Pete White, Sophomore (RS) – 6’4″, 300
2. Josh Cary, Sophomore (RS) – 6’5″, 300
3. Gary Harraka, Freshman (RS) – 6’4″, 300
4. Justin Lewis, Junior (RS) – 6’3″, 315
White is likely just a placeholder as the starter until Lewis recovers from his injury. The junior was the starter for nearly the entire year last season, with White subbing in for him once he succumbed to injury. Cary and Harraka are both walk-ons, and it’s unlikely they’ll see any playing time this year. It looks like there will be a real position battle between Lewis and White, however.
1. R.J. Dill, Junior (RS) – 6’7″, 300
2. Nick Klemm, Sophomore (RS) – 6’5″, 290
3. Jake Wheeler, Freshman (RS) – 6’7″, 255
4. Pete DeSouza , Sophomore (RS) – 6’6″, 310
After Gilbert was injured, Dill moved over from right tackle to left, and did very well. Well, now he’s back at right as one of the more experienced linemen on Maryland’s roster. DeSouza is still recovering from the scooter accident; otherwise he’d be second on this list. Klemm and Wheeler aren’t expected to get any playing time this season.
We’ll continue this series tomorrow with the skill players on offense.