Anyone who happened to be paying attention to the offensive line last night knows it changed seemingly on a series by series basis.
Maryland used five guards and three tackles, and while Bennett Fulper‘s start at left guard was notable, so too was Tyler Bowen‘s presence at right tackle.
Bowen is one of the Terps’ Class of 2007 offensive linemen. And while some of those guys have disappointed because they didn’t develop, Bowen is truly the hard-luck case of the bunch.
It wasn’t until last night that the sophomore finally made it onto the field, seeing some action as Maryland spelled R.J. Dill.
“Tyler held up pretty good,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “We’re going to evaluate him pretty good. He’s a little sore but no worse for wear. If we had to practice tomorrow, he’d be ready to practice.”
And that may well be the plan to keep Bowen from re-aggravating his foot injuries. Last week, the Terps practiced him on Monday (which is typically an installation day), slapped a green jersey on him Tuesday and then had him work again on Wednesday and Thursday. Friedgen hinted Bowen would be on the same schedule this week.
Is that the most ideal situation? Probably not. But if it adds to the Terps’ perilously thin depth on the offensive line for games, it’s probably worth it.
—- Patrick Stevens