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Not everyone is so fortunate. Redshirt freshman lineman Evan Eastburn started offering a moniker for nearby walk-on Lee Oliver, who insisted he didn’t have a nickname.

“Lee ‘Groundhog Day’ Oliver,” Eastburn crowed.

“I do not look like a groundhog,” countered the 6-foot-2, 306-pound Oliver.

Eastburn asserted Oliver looked like “the gopher from ‘Groundhog Day.’ ”

“You mean ‘Caddyshack,’ ” Oliver retorted, correcting the reference in his own unwanted nickname.

Left guard Jaimie Thomas was happy to dish out names for some his teammates. But when his own nickname — “Bobby” — was divulged, he was rattled.

“No, no, don’t start that,” Thomas said as teammates howled with glee. “Don’t take that to the media. I’m going to hurt you.”

He then turned to a reporter and said, “You can cross that one out.”

Too late.

Of course, getting to the bottom of a nickname’s meaning isn’t as easy. Thomas only would say his moniker was an inside joke. Walk-on lineman Kyle Sappington declined to discuss the origin of “Houseington,” and teammates also begged off.

“That would take weeks and weeks to explain,” defensive end Deege Galt said.

Inevitably, everyone winds up with a nickname. Sometimes they will come from an admonition from coaches. Others will just evolve from joking around or from interaction during meetings.

“One will find you, either way,” freshman defensive lineman Ian Davidson said. “You can be in the back, and they’ll say, ‘That kid’s in the back. We’ll call him ‘Back.’ ”

The Terps generally agreed August was the best time for creating new names. Players are alone on campus, and most do not have classes to attend. With two practices a day and an infusion of new faces, there’s bound to be some creativity.

That can lead to some over-the-top outcomes, especially when a name doesn’t quickly circulate. Johnson, a genial, 6-foot-7, 350-pounder, didn’t know about Moore’s nickname for him. Instead, he offered up the far more flattering “Optimus Prime,” a “Transformers” character.

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