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Maryland lineman Dunn: from walk-on to blind side

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 2, 2014 at 3:11 pm •  Published: September 2, 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — When he started his football career at Maryland as a freshman walk-on, Michael Dunn had low expectations — for good reason.

"I wasn't physically fit. I was out of shape, I was pretty fat," he recalled. "Coming out of high school, I was just thinking, 'It's going to be nice to be on a team. Maybe I can play by my senior year.'"

Dunn adhered to steady diet, spent countless hours in the weight room and worked diligently on the field. As summer ended in his second year at Maryland, Dunn — then a redshirt freshman — was called into the office of coach Randy Edsall.

"I still remember the day I told him he was going to be on scholarship," Edsall said Tuesday. "He had no idea. Just to see the look on his face, the surprise, the joy, it's great as a coach to do that and have those moments."

The meeting was pretty special for Dunn, too.

"He told me I was going to be starting, and right after that he offered me a scholarship," Dunn said. "I couldn't believe it. As soon as he told me, I called my parents to share the joy. They were ecstatic. It was a great moment."

Dunn started nine games at right guard last year before moving to right tackle. The sophomore is now Maryland's starting left tackle, the most important position on the line.

With Dunn leading the way, Maryland rushed for 285 yards against James Madison last weekend in a 52-7 victory. He also provided quarterback C.J. Brown with enough time to throw for 111 yards and a score.

"He's been a big part of what we're trying to do on offense," Brown said. "I have a lot of trust him. He's got my blind side. He's done a great job for us and is becoming more vocal as a leader. His understanding the offense and helping make calls just trickles down the line."

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