Maryland linebackers Al Seamonson sat down for lunch recently in the Gossett team house with a 6-foot true freshman walking onto the Terrapins as a safety.
"How's it going so far?" Seamonson asked the newcomer.
It was a far more paternal than polite question. Seamonson, entering his 10th season as a Maryland assistant, could wind up savoring this year as much as any.
Son Kalvin Seamonson, who played quarterback and safety at Atholton High School in Howard County, is part of the program.
And that means more family time in the fall than the longtime coach usually has at his disposal.
"It's very enjoyable, to tell you the truth," Al Seamonson said. "In high school, they practice when we practice. They play on Fridays, we travel of Fridays and practice on Fridays. So it's a hard time ever getting a chance to see your own son. You never coach your own son. It's a battle to see them play. Now, I can see him practice every day."
That also means sharing an up-close look at the highs and lows his son is going through in his first camp.
Kalvin Seamonson is unlikely play as a true freshman, which is not unusual for a walk-on. But he did at least get a head start with the first camp of his career --- all with a proud father enjoying the chance to see it all.
"He had a dozen snaps in the [first] scrimmage and had four tackles," Seamonson said. "He was all excited about getting his first scrimmage, saying 'That was a lot of fun, Dad.' He's like any other freshman. You want to redshirt him and let him get bigger, stronger, faster. He'll be a pretty smart guy and he's a good athlete, and he just needs to develop to have a chance to play for us one day."