The Washington Times - December 11, 2008, 08:15PM

Drew Gloster is a name we haven’t heard much of this year.

He was declared ineligible over the summer —- Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen confirmed it at the ACC‘s kickoff event —- and that was about that for the sophomore.


But he did resurface this week, working out at LEO in what could turn out to be a long-term move.

Maryland is taking a serious hit at linebacker after this season, and the Terps will be scrounging for options pretty much at every position (though you can safely pencil Alex Wujciak and Adrian Moten into at least two of the starting spots next year).

Gloster, though, could be an answer at LEO, where Trey Covington will graduate after occupying a starting spot for the better part of four years. Redshirt freshman Derek Drummond plays there, as does seldom-used junior Jeff Clement, but that’s about it.

“I wanted to kind of look at him, and I thought this was a good week to experiment,” Friedgen said. “He’s ineligible and he’s not going to the bowl, so I brought him in and told him this is not a move that’s set in stone.”

Friedgen admitted Gloster’s weakness as a tight end was blocking, and that such physical matters could be a cause for concern on the other side of the ball.

“We’re never going to know unless we take these four practices to find out,” Friedgen said. “To the kid’s credit, he embraced it, and he did better than I thought he would do. He did pretty good. … I think he can play there. I think he gives us a dimension there.”

This is a move that could work on several fronts. Maryland already has three tight ends with at least three years of eligibility left —- Lansford Watson, Matt Furstenburg and Devonte Campbell —- so there is some flexibility to make a move.

Gloster, meanwhile, could already have a head start on spring practice with this week of work. Will it amount to much? Who knows. But it’s clear the Terps’ coaches is already thinking about 2009, as well they should.

—- Patrick Stevens