Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Line gets thinner

Defensive tackle Dion Armstrong won't have to worry about being eligible this fall because he is transferring out of Maryland. That leaves the line with more question marks as A.J. Francis takes over at nose tackle in place of Armstrong. The line is certainly unproven and not many people outside of College Park think much of the unit at the moment but there are some young players like Masengo Kabongo, Zach Kerr, Carl Russell and De'Onte Arnett that could surprise some of the "experts."

Over at the ACC Sports Journal they cover the main questions for the Terps going into the season. From the kicking game, which seems to be Mike Barbour's to lose now, to the new defense under Don Brown they seems to have all the potential problems spelled out.

On minor position battle that I've been interested in is at tight end. Tommy Galt and Lansford Watson are battling for playing time at a position that has had great significance for the offense the last few years. Since Vernon Davis emerged the tight end has been a position that is a major weapon for Maryland. In the last five seasons tight ends Davis, Joey Haynos or Dan Gronkowski have finished 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd in receptions. Chris Turner has always liked going to his tight end so if Watson or Galt can gain his confidence then they will get a fair number of passes thrown their way.

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