Maryland football has spent much of the offseason bolstering their offensive line with the addition of offensive line coach Bryan Stinespring and news that Terps’ Derwin Gray will return.
Maryland football is getting a big piece back on their offensive line as Derwin Gray has decided to return for his senior year.
Not only did Maryland Football get a little bit better when they secured their second straight top 25 recruiting class and make a splash in hiring former James Madison Offensive Line Coach Bryan Stinespring but Derwin Gray is coming back for his senior season.
Gray is going to provide stability on the Terps offensive line and he could very well become Stinespring’s on-field coach at that position.
Derwin Gray will be one of four potential seniors, D.J. Durkin and Stinespring will have on the roster and getting him back is especially important given that he was one of two offensive linemen who could have declared for the NFL Draft.
Damien Prince is the other offensive lineman. If he comes back for his senior year as well, they will surely be the anchors for the Terps’ offensive line. That would make things much easier for a first-year offensive line coach in Stinespring.
Derwin Gray came to the Terps out of Friendship Academy High School in Washington D.C. in 2014. He was a four-star recruit coming out of there as the best offensive tackle in the 2014 class and the second-best player in the nation and Washington D.C. at that time.
Maryland Football’s New O-Line Coach Bryan Stinespring
Stinespring was hired to replace Maryland football former Offensive Line Coach Tyler Bowen who took a job at Penn State to be their tight ends coach.
To give some background on Stinespring, He spent 26 seasons as the Virgina Tech Hokie tight ends coach, offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. While there, Virginia Tech went to 23 consecutive bowl games including eight BCS bowl games and one national championship game. The Hokies won seven conference championships in his tenure on staff.
Former Virginia Tech Hokies Michael Vick and DeAngelo Hall tweeted their praise for Stinespring:
Maryland fans should also be on the lookout for the decisions of running back Ty Johnson, defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, and safety Darnell Savage. If those dominoes fall, Maryland will have experience as an advantage heading into the 2018 season.