Maryland's defensive line shuffle

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The mix on the defensive front is shifting around a bit for Maryland.

Ralph Friedgen saw his defense get destroyed up front Thursday. So it makes sense that some changes could happen.

So here’s a position-by-position rundown of how it appears the Terps will stack up going forward:

DE

* Jeremy Navarre shifts back to end, where he started for the first three seasons. Mack Frost, who hasn’t completely recovered from knee surgery late last year, and Jared Harrell appear to be the backups.

DT

* Travis Ivey gets bumped up to a starting position with Navarre moved outside. Count on the affable Dean Muhtadi, who’s better suited to playing inside than at end, to serve as Ivey’s backup.

NT

* This is a chance for redshirt freshman Dion Armstrong, who’s basically been in a timeshare with Bemi Otulaja for the last month or so. Otulaja will still be a factor for the Terps, who have used pretty much all of these linemen plenty throughout the season.

LEO

* As a bonus, here’s the updated LEO look. With Rick Costa suspended, there will be plenty of playing time for Trey Covington. Redshirt freshman Derek Drummond will be his backup.

What’s the Terps’ ideal defensive line? That’s a puzzler. But at least they’re trying something after Thursday’s glaring struggles.

Patrick Stevens

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