In the ACC only Duke has fewer career starts than Maryland's 27. Center Phil Costa(19) and left tackle Bruce Campbell(8) account for all of those starts on the line. Lamar Young and Justin Lewis, a sophomore and redshirt freshman respectively, are currently slated to start at the guard positions. The undersized Paul Pinager (6-4, 280) is currently listed at right tackle but it would be a bad sign if either Tyler Bowen or Stephen St. John don't take over the position. The one bright spot is that there is some quality depth on the line so the staff will be able to replace underachieving players even if their backups have little experience either. The preseason practices should be very competitive and it will be worth watching the position battles on the offensive line closely.
In case you were wondering Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida State and Boston College rank as the most experienced offensive line units in the ACC. It will be a fierce battle for the Atlantic division but Maryland is unlikely to be in the mix. The Terps do have a big advantage with senior, and third year starter, Chris Turner at quarterback but as Clemson demonstrated last season a weak offensive line can nullify a good quarterback. On the other hand experience doesn't always translate into success as Maryland's own offensive line proved last year. As I wrote in previewing the offensive line last August that while they were the third most experienced line in the ACC they had never gelled as a group. Like Virginia Tech's line this season there were enough struggles to make you wonder if they were just a collection of mediocre players that were a year older. Ralph Friedgen will have to hope that this young group of players can gel quickly or that he finds the right combination to start the season. At least at the most critical position Maryland has a likely All-ACC candidate in Bruce Campbell.