The offensive line is one position where there will be plenty of competition in training camp.
Senior Maurice Shelton will be looking to secure one of the starting spots at guard.
Prior to the 2015 season, Shelton hadn’t seen the field very much during his time as a Terrapin. The Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) product appeared in one career game against James Madison as a sophomore.
As a junior last season, Shelton appeared in seven games, including a pair of starts.
Shelton made his first career start against then No. 10 Iowa on October 31. In that game, Shelton was part of an offensive line that helped quarterback Perry Hills rush for 108 yards.
The Terps ended up have a large amount of success on the ground as they averaged 4.9 yards-per-carry. Maryland also outgained Iowa 167-110 in terms of total rushing yards.
Shelton had himself a solid outing and displayed several of his key attributes.
The 6’3 offensive guard rarely got beat at the point of attack. Part of the reason for that is the fact that Shelton is a very strong player.
Even when defensive tackles start getting penetration, Shelton is able to use his strength and stands his ground extraordinarily well.
Shelton also proved his worth as a talented run blocker for Maryland.
That’s a very essential skill given the type of offense that the Terps are going to be running under new offensive coordinator Walt Bell. Shelton is very quick on his feet and is able to pull to either side of the field when Hills or one of his running backs breaks to the outside.
The offensive line is very interesting when it comes to position battles.
It’s a given that Brendan Moore will be the team’s starting center. The sophomore was named to the Rimington Award watch list last week, which is annually handed out to the top center in college football.
It also appears that sophomore Damian Prince will be the starter at right tackle. Michael Dunn will likely start at left tackle.
It’s likely going to come down to how training camp shakes out next month. If Shelton ends up starting at left guard, Maryland should have a heavy presence of upper classmen on that side of the line.