Mike Madaras is in for Nick Klemm at left tackle.
Andrew Zeller has replaced De’Onte Arnett at right guard.
Come Saturday, Maryland will learn if its offensive line shakeup helps fix one of its most obvious problems: Pass protection.
As if the first month of the season didn’t provide enough of an illustration for those woes, this chart should about cover it:
MOST SACKS ABSORBED THIS SEASON, FBS QUARTERBACKS
25: Zach Maynard, California
20: Jordan Webb, Colorado
18: Garrett Grayson, Colorado State
17: Andrew Manley, New Mexico State
17: Ryan Katz, San Diego State
16: Perry Hills, Maryland
14: Mike Glennon, N.C. State
14: Nick Lamaison, Texas-El Paso
Hills is the only QB of the bunch to play in only four games; the others have all appeared in five. So of the most sacked quarterbacks in the country, only one (Cal’s Maynard) has absorbed more sacks per game than Hills.
Maryland coach Randy Edsall said pass protection was a point of concern throughout Maryland’s bye week, though the issues did not all lie with the offensive line.
“That’s something we have to get better at,” Edsall said. “A lot of that is fundamentals and technique up front. Part of that, too, is it is Perry’s job to get rid of the ball on time. That’s something we’re going to continually work on and get better at. We have to get better at it. One of the things we’ve told Perry is if you don’t want to get hit so much, then make sure the ball comes out on time.”
—- Patrick Stevens