Maryland uses its opening play to honor McNair
Maryland used its first play from scrimmage in the 2018 season to honor Jordan McNair, the offensive lineman who collapsed during a May practice session and eventually died.
The Terrapins lined up with just 10 players and left the right guard spot vacant as their offense took the field for their first play Saturday against Texas. When Maryland got flagged for delay of game, Texas declined the penalty.
Maryland also wore helmet stickers with No. 79, which had been McNair’s jersey number. A moment of silence was held for McNair before the game.
School officials had announced Monday that no Maryland player would wear No. 79 for the next three years. McNair had three seasons of eligibility remaining when he died.
McNair was running laps on the practice field on May 29 when he was overcome by heat and exhaustion. After being treated at the team facility, he was taken to a hospital and died of heatstroke on June 13.
The school has apologized to the family and acknowledged that mistakes were made in his treatment during the May 29 workout.
Coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 11. Strength and conditioning coach Rick Court has resigned, and two members of the football staff remain on administrative leave.
Offensive coordinator Matt Canada is serving as interim coach.