The first play of the 2018 college football season carried some emotional weight for the Maryland Terrapins. When they lined up for opening snap of the game, the Terrapins left an opening at right guard, a position that would have been filled by offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
McNair passed away after a workout earlier this year and the Terrapins used the moment to honor their late-teammate.
After taking a delay of game penalty, Texas declined and the game was officially underway.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 1, 2018
McNair passed away from a heat stroke after being forced to finish a workout despite complete exhaustion in the summer heat. The 6-foot-4, 325-pounder was hospitalized on May 29 following an organized team workout. McNair was airlifted to the local hospital after the session, though the university has remained quiet about the exact details that led to his hospitalization. While in the hospital, McNair received a liver transplant and was “fighting for his life.”