After DE David Mackall was suspended for the rest of the season it was pretty obvious he was going to transfer. He was the first, and most obvious choice to transfer out. RB D.J. Adams was in coach Randy Edsall’s dog house from pretty much day one of the Edsall Era. He was clearly transferring as well, and handled the ordeal with all the class and professionalism that Edsall lacked during the season regarding him. These two joined the 14 players who left before the season. It was clear their would be a few more transfers before next season, but today’s is a surprise.
RT R.J. Dill, the latest transfer of the Edsall era, has started the last 30 games at both tackle positions and would be a senior next year. With the departure of Dill there will be a hole at the right tackle spot. Maybe Nick Klemm moves over from a reserve left tackle role, or perhaps incoming freshman Mike Madaras takes over.
Dill said in an e-mail (as Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times reports):
“I regret to inform the Terrapin faithful that my family and I have decided it would be best for me to move on with both my academic and athletic endeavors,” Dill said in an e-mail. “Therefore I have requested and been granted a release from the Maryland football program. I leave here with great memories of the university and Terp Nation.”
It’s not quite clear where Dill goes from here. He is slated to graduate this semester and would be able to transfer to any FBS school that has a graduate program Maryland does not offer. He could also go down a level to FCS if he so chooses. It is pretty telling how unhappy someone is, that a would-be senior leaves the program. It gets better though. Via a press release:
Maryland junior offensive tackle R.J. Dill has been granted his release in order to transfer to another institution.
“We wish R.J. well in his future athletic and academic pursuits,” head coach Randy Edsall said Monday evening. “We appreciate the commitment and effort R.J. has given to the Maryland football program.”
Dill played in 37 career games, including 33 starts (23 at right tackle; 10 at left tackle). The native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., has one year of eligibility remaining and is expected to graduate in December.
No such release was made for Adams or Mackall, just a stern “No comment” from everyone. Fans of the Terrapins have already taken notice and are airing their grievances about it on twitter.
Reports have been surfacing all season that Edsall has a few of “his guys” and the discontent that followed in the locker room. Everyone will be waiting on Quarterbacks Danny O’Brien and C.J. Brown. Fans will also be waiting on what Edsall and Athletic Director Kevin Anderson decide to do with various coaches on the football team. With our first surprise departure of the season, one can assume there may be another shock or two to follow.
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