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Posted at 7:19 PM ET, 01/13/2011

OL Coach Tom Brattan to remain with Maryland under Randy Edsall

By Steve Yanda

Maryland offensive line coach Tom Brattan, who has worked with the Terrapins football program the past 10 years, will return to the team next season under first-year coach Randy Edsall, the school's athletic department announced in a press release Thursday evening.

Brattan joins defensive coordinator Don Brown and wide receivers coach Lee Hull as holdovers from former coach Ralph Friedgen's staff that will remain at Maryland with Edsall.

Under Brattan's guidance, seven Maryland offensive linemen have earned all-ACC first team honors since 2001. Offensive lineman Paul Pinegar earned honorable mention all-ACC honors in 2010.

The Terrapins ranked No. 4 in the ACC in sacks allowed (22) last season and could have as many as seven offensive linemen with starting experience return next fall.

Also on Thursday, Louisiana State announced the resignation of offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. It is expected that Crowton will join Edsall's staff and serve in the same capacity for the Terrapins.

By Steve Yanda  | January 13, 2011; 7:19 PM ET
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Comments

Brattan has strong ties to the high schools in the Tidewater VA region, and MD has started to get a few players from that region. Despite the lack of a credible running game this year, the OL played very well, especially given the injuries and youth of the squad.

I gotta give Edsall credit. He's made good moves since coming into town under such dreadful circumstances. Hopefully this translates to 10 wins next year.

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 13, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Gotta admit, this guy Edsall has hit the ground running. These coaches know there's some serious potential in the Terrapin arsenal.

Posted by: MerlinTerps | January 14, 2011 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I said this before anyone was hired. Regardless of who the HC is the minimum expectation for 2011 should be 10 wins. Anything less warrants the hotseat.

Posted by: mcmelton | January 14, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of how many asst coaches are kept on the offensive side of the ball, there's still going to be a learning curve for every position b/c Crowton is going to install a new offense. That learning curve will likely cost the team a win or two, which, in 2011, could cost MD a chance at the ACC Championship.

Posted by: fushezzi | January 14, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Fushezzi...but the data on Crowton suggest quite the opposite. His offenses put up huge numbers and win in his first year and drift off in the 2nd and 3rd years. Moreover, it's not unheard of for a new coach to come in with an entirely different offensive and defensive philosophy and win 10 games. After all, that's what Ralph did in 2001.

Posted by: WheelsRI | January 14, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

The key will be how Crowton and DOB jell and the play calling. With the OL and WR coaches returning, communication in those areas should be excellent. I'm lookibng for nothing but good things.

Posted by: petecard | January 14, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Wheels,

The data you address cannot really be applied in this situation. In two instances, Crowton took mediocre teams (2000 BYU was 6-6; 2004 Oregon was 5-6) and turned them around. While impressive, he took something that was broken and fixed it (albeit temporarily). The Terps are already 9-4 (read: not broken) and I just don't see how implementing a new offense will help this team, regardless whether it has worked other places in the past. I could be wrong. A new offense could be exactly what this team needs to take it to the next level. But you could also be taking a maturing unit who has grown together and squandered that cohesiveness by making them learn a new O.

Posted by: fushezzi | January 14, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Something that was ommitted from this story is the number of pros Brattan has developed. He teaches kids all of the techniques to be able to play on Sunday, which is always a feather in the cap when the head coach needs to make that final recruiting pitch. Bruce Campbell, Phil Costa, Jared Gaither, Stephon Heyer, Jamie Thomas, and Edwin Williams are all from the past 5 years, and all playing in the NFL.

Another year together with the current O-line and Brattan should make the crew one of the best in the ACC.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 14, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

The learning of the new O system is most important for the QB. Luckily DOB is a grinder and appears to put in a lot of time learning and off-field preparation. Not worried at all.

People will dissect Crowton's numbers to shape their argument either for or against him, but it is a very promising sign that the Athletic Dept is willing to shell out top dollar for assistants.

Glad to see there will be a national championship ring on the staff too.

Posted by: garrett4 | January 14, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

The learning of the new O system is most important for the QB. Luckily DOB is a grinder and appears to put in a lot of time learning and off-field preparation. Not worried at all.

People will dissect Crowton's numbers to shape their argument either for or against him, but it is a very promising sign that the Athletic Dept is willing to shell out top dollar for assistants.

Glad to see there will be a national championship ring on the staff too.

Posted by: garrett4 | January 14, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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