The Washington Times - August 24, 2009, 11:33PM

Another week, another changing of the guards.

One thing is certain: Andrew Gonnella will be starting for this bunch so long as he’s healthy.


After that? Who knows?

That’s because Lamar Young‘s shoulder “slipped out” according to Ralph Friedgen, not exactly the sort of thing you want a shoulder to be doing. So Young will likely be operated on after the season (he’s pretty much the first guy who is unlikely to play in the spring) and Justin Lewis steps back into a starting role.

But that’s not all. Freshman Bennett Fulper, clearly considered the center of the future, shifts over to right guard to be backup. That’s a pretty clear signal Maryland is unlikely to throw fellow Pete White into the fray this season.

And from what Friedgen said, this is about what the depth chart looks like at this stage:


66-Maurice Hampton


67-White (presumably)

Does it stay that way for long? Probably not, considering how much it has shifted already. But when none of your top three right guards have ever taken a college snap, that has to be cause for a significant amount of concern early in the season —- even in comparison with the rest of a relatively green line.

—- Patrick Stevens