With a season-ending labrum injury to starting offensive lineman Mike Minter, redshirt freshman and former five-star recruit Damian Prince will start his first career game Saturday against West Virginia when he lines up at right tackle on a shuffled Maryland offensive line.
Prince had been listed as a starter on the line before the season, but he was “nicked up” by injury toward the end of training camp and had to work his way back into the rotation.
Prince is viewed as a foundational building block for a program that struggled mightily along the offensive line last season when trying to match up with the size and brawn of teams in the Big Ten.
The 6-3, 328-pound Prince should help that cause.
In his time at Maryland, including during his redshirt season last year, Prince has adapted to the college game. He has lost weight and added muscle, as well as done work to allow himself to feel more comfortable with the speed of the college game.
“I went from redshirting and not traveling, not having any experience to jumping out there and just being out there with the ones, being with the starting unit,” Prince told CSN during training camp.
“I just feel like that even still I’m still definitely adapting to the speed of the game, learning my strengths and weaknesses and just learning things that I have to do better to put the team in better situations.
“Everything moving 100,000 times faster,” he said. “It almost has to be like a natural, I want to say almost instinctively you have to know what to do.”