R.J. Dill made his first career start at left tackle Saturday, a tidbit that would be noteworthy even if it was just the sophomore's first look at the position in college.
However, the 6-foot-7, 300-pounder was really in for a new experience with the position swap after Justin Gilbert was lost for the season.
"I've never played left tackle in my life," Dill said. "We ran the ball right a lot in high school."
There is a first time for everything, and it happened Sept. 18 when he swung over from right tackle in the third quarter of Maryland's 31-17 loss at West Virginia.
Coincidentally, West Virginia offensive lineman Nick Kindler played left tackle on the same line as Dill at Trinity High School in the Harrisburg, Pa., area.
Dill went the distance at left tackle against Florida International, settling into a role he will likely maintain for at least the rest of this season.
At least now, he has a bit of a sense of what's in store now that the Terrapins (3-1) are entering conference play Saturday against Duke (1-3, 0-1 ACC).
"I think part of it was getting your legs underneath you," Dill said. "Any game you have to work to get in the flow of things, but it's no different. It's the same old game. I'll work pretty hard to get the technique right this week."