The Washington Times - September 29, 2011, 01:49PM

Cody Blue began his Maryland career as a defensive lineman.

Then he switched to offense, a move that allowed him to get into three blowouts last year as a redshirt freshman.


And now, after a brief stint as a scout team tight end … he’s back on the defensive line.

Blue is listed as Keith Bowers‘ backup at defensive end entering Saturday’s date against Towson, meaning it’s more than plausible he plays at his new position less than a month after arriving there.

“We were using him as a scout team tight end and [defensive line coach Greg] Gattuso was just watching him and seeing things and he asked ‘Randy, do you mind if I start using him in some individual drills?’”

Maryland’s options on the defensive line have eroded over the last two months. Justin Anderson was hurt during camp. Isaiah Ross left the opener against Miami and won’t play again until late in the season, if at all this year. Andre Monroe is out of Saturday’s game with an ankle injury.

And so, two weeks ago, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Blue made the switch.

“You’re down three guys there, so we we’re starting to get a little thin,” Edsall said. “You’re always looking for way to improve your team and help the team and that might be a way to help the team. And we think he can help our team there.”

—- Patrick Stevens