Terps Football Fan Appreciation Day: 5 Things To Watch For

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September 22, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; Maryland Terrapins offensive linesman Bennett Fulper (63) and offensive linesman Nick Klemm (74) set at the line of scrimmage against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. The West Virginia Mountaineers won 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

3.) That freshman offensive line doe

The two big name guys on Maryland’s line are obviously true freshmen Damian Prince and Derwin Gray, both highly-touted recruits expected to play, if not right away, relatively quickly. But there’s still Brendan Moore and Sean Christie, two other freshman who have reportedly been solid this offseason for the Terps. You’ll want to watch them all to get an idea for yourself.

Word out of camp is that Derwin Gray is the furthest along of the bunch, but that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone given that he was able to participate earlier than the other freshmen. Gray got an entire spring on campus in to get his body fully prepared for the grind to come, and his grasp of the playbook is further along than the others. Right now, he’s the backup at right tackle to Ryan Doyle, but by the end of the year he’ll be hard not to start.

Damian Prince and the others? They’re still a bit of a work in progress. While Prince is still a tremendous talent, he wasn’t the beneficiary of an extended offseason with the playbook. He’ll still take a little bit of work before he’s going to make an impact, but guys like Prince don’t grow on trees. He’ll pick up the playbook pretty quickly, even if he looks occasionally lost the first time you see him. This coaching staff is being patient.