Maryland will be without its starting left guard in 2017.
Mike Minter, the Terrapins redshirt junior left guard who has one season of eligibility remaining, will forgo his final year of college football to pursue his career. He will graduate this spring.
Minter, who started 12 games for Maryland last season, told the Severna Park Voice in a one-on-one interview that he was quitting football, citing his personal health as well as his desire to begin a career.
“This was my last season,” Minter told the Severna Park Voice. “I’m done playing football and I’m actually going to start in the real world now. My body’s been through hell and back the past four years, and I’m looking at a lot of job offers now.”
Minter’s health concern is understandable when you consider his injury history. The Severna Park, Md., native recalled to the Severna Park Voice how he tore his labrum, knee ligaments, hamstring, calf muscle and dislocated his kneecap during his Maryland career.
“There’s been a slew of injuries here and there that have been nagging at me, but I really wanted to play this last season,” Minter told the Severna Park Voice. “The only game I missed this year was Ohio State because of one of my concussions. But, you know when your time is up.”
Maryland will have three incoming offensive linemen in its recruiting class of 2017, including 4-star prospects Jordan McNair and Marcus Minor.