Andre Monroe left spring practice as a starter at defensive tackle.
He didn’t stay there through camp. But Saturday, it’s likely (if the depth chart holds true) that he’ll make his first career start as Maryland faces Temple.
Monroe played extensively over junior A.J. Francis in the second half of last week’s loss to West Virginia.
“We’ll still be playing a lot of defensive linemen up front,” coach Randy Edsall said. “But Andre was a guy we saw who was being very, very productive and felt through his play on the field, he deserved to start. A.J. will play. Mo Hampton will probably play some because the play we had to play last week wasn’t really conducive to rolling four tackles in there. This week will probably be different.”
Indeed, West Virginia’s pass-heavy offense is not exactly the sort of unit a defensive tackle is likely to distinguish himself against —- certainly not as much as, say, Temple’s Bernard Pierce-centric rushing attack. If nothing else, there will be a better chance for whichever defensive tackles are playing to make a greater impact against the Owls.
—- Patrick Stevens