Maryland starting right tackle R.J. Dill, one of the offensive line’s cornerstones the past three seasons, has decided to leave the football program.

Here is the complete e-mail that Dill sent to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times:

“Today I regret to inform the Terrapin faithful that my family and I have decided it would be best for me to move on with both my academic and athletic endeavors. Therefore I have requested and been granted a release from the Maryland Football program. I leave here with great memories of the University and Terp Nation.

“Over my four years here we as a football program have been through a lot, both highs and lows. To all the members of Terp Nation I thank you for your unwavering support from the bottom of my heart. This year was not what we all expected or hoped for, but it has been truly educational and I leave here with no regrets of my time at this great University.

“I wish the Maryland Football program nothing but the best. Good luck to everyone involved with the program, from my brothers on the team to Coach Edsall, Coach Brattan and the coaching staff. I will always bleed red, white, black and gold and most of all, I will always be a Terp.”

Dill, who has one year of eligibility remaining, finished the season with the most career starts (33) and most consecutive starts (30) of any current Maryland player. Dill could enroll in a graduate program not offered at Maryland and play at a major school next season.

The departure of Dill stands as the most unexpected and perhaps the most significant exits thus far in this offseason. Defensive end David Mackall and running back D.J. Adams also will leave the program. Both of those departures were highly expected.