Maryland starting right tackle R.J. Dill will leave the program, marking the third major departure from Maryland’s football team since the end of the season a week and a half ago.
Dill joins former starting defensive end David Mackall and running back D.J. Adams as transfers from the Terrapins. The junior, who is expected to graduate this spring, can enroll in a graduate program not offered at Maryland and not have to sit out a year before playing.
Dill started 33 games in his time at Maryland, including 30 in a row, both tops for any active Terp player. He played both tackle positions in his time as a Terp, and was expected to start next season on one of the more experienced lines in the conference.
Here is the transcript of the e-mail Dill sent to the Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens
“Today I regret to inform the Terrapin faithful that my family and I have decided it would be best for me to move on with both my academic and athletic endeavors. Therefore I have requested and been granted a release from the Maryland Football program. I leave here with great memories of the University and Terp Nation.
“Over my four years here we as a football program have been through a lot, both highs and lows. To all the members of Terp Nation I thank you for your unwavering support from the bottom of my heart. This year was not what we all expected or hoped for, but it has been truly educational and I leave here with no regrets of my time at this great University.
“I wish the Maryland Football program nothing but the best. Good luck to everyone involved with the program, from my brothers on the team to Coach Edsall, Coach Brattan and the coaching staff. I will always bleed red, white, black and gold and most of all, I will always be a Terp.”
We wish Dill, Adams and Mackall the best of luck with the rest of their football careers. We’ll let you know as the personnel updates continue.