Tag:A.J. Francis
Posted on: August 14, 2009 1:50 pm

Starting DT Leaves Terps

Starting DT Dion Armstrong has decided to leave the team and will transfer.  No decision on where he is headed has been made. 

"He came in this morning and thanked me and said he was sorry he disappointed me and said he was going to transfer," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "I said, 'Fine. It's time to move on,' " Friedgen said. "I don't want to get into the whole thing and make a big deal. We have to worry about kids who want to be here. That's where I'm going with that."

This means the Terps have lost all four starting defensive lineman from last season.  Redshirt Freshman A.J. Francis has been taking the 1st team snaps while Armstrong sat out while taking care of academic issues. 

The defensive line was already considered the weakest unit on this team and losing Armstrong doesn't help at all.  Thankfully, Maryland doesn't play Georgia Tech this year.  Unfortunately, Virginia Tech and Florida State are at the end of the year.  Virginia Tech will have time to get there three-headed attack figured out and Florida State will have time to replace Antone Smith.  Clemson and C.J. Spiller are early in the season and the offensive line that was a problem last year, should be much improved.  Let's not forget that Maryland has to face the nation's leading returning rusher in Cal's Jahvid Best.  Too bad Kevin Barnes is now a Redskin, maybe some of you remember that hit that knocked Best out last season.

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