Maryland starting nose tackle leaves Terps

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Maryland nose tackle Dion Armstrong has decided to leave the team, according to a report in the Washington Times, and that leaves the Terps even more thin at a position that was already of concern. (Sounds like UNC's troubles on the offensive line.)

It's not entirely a surprise the Terps won't be able to depend on Armstrong, as his academic eligibility had been in question all spring, and he missed practices to concentrate in the classroom. But the reality is that Armstrong had starting experience, and that's something the Terps' D-line is severely lacking right now. Without Armstrong, Maryland's D-line has a whopping seven career starts worth of experience to fall back on. In line to replace Armstrong is redshirt freshman A.J. Francis. It's no wonder the Terps' D-line falls last on the list in the position rankings.

When you switch to a four down-linemen structure and you're forced to do it without your top four defensive linemen from a year ago, it's going to make for a rocky start. Jared Harrell, Travis Ivey, Derek Drummond and Deege Galt will be facing higher expectations this fall.