While no one —- not Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen, not assistant Tom Brattan, not the three offensive linemen I’ve talked to since the end of the Terps’ 31-0 loss at Virginia on Saturday —- is going to go out and say the o-line played great, it’s clear there might be one silver lining in the debacle.
Sophomore Bruce Campbell played well at left tackle.
With other players admittedly struggling and no one hiding from the reality this unit is underachieving, it seems clear Campbell is going to etch out a larger workload going forward.
“By Bruce’s play, I think he deserves some more reps,” Brattan said.
Does he start? Quite possibly. Does that slide left tackle Scott Burley or right tackle Dane Randolph out of the lineup? That remains to be seen.
Burley moved over to the right side on Saturday, though Randolph’s high ankle sprain probably had a little to do with that personnel adjustment.
At this point, Maryland doesn’t have much to lose by finding ways to play Campbell, Jack Griffin and Paul Pinegar more. If the Terps are ever to find a way to achieve the ever-elusive consistency Friedgen clearly covets, it is going to have to start up front.
—- Patrick Stevens