RT DeSouza Hurt in Accident, Out for Season

Motor scooter accident leads to two broken legs for tackle

Nobody expected Pete DeSouza to make the kind of impact he has had this season. But the swarm of injuries up and down the Terrapins’ roster allowed for the redshirt freshman to step in as the right tackle.

After a motor scooter accident Thursday at 9 p.m. on the University of Maryland campus, DeSouza suffered fractures in both his legs. He had surgery Friday morning, and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the university press release.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Pete and his family, and we’ll help them anyway we can,” Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen said. “We hope he makes a speedy recovery.”

DeSouza inherited the starting job following a season-ending injury to left tackle Justin Gilbert against the West Virginia. R.J. Dill slid to the left side, allowing the young tackle to start his first three games.

After the Clemson loss in Death Valley, many fingers were pointed at DeSouza, who was making his first career road start, with the majority of his snaps opposite All-Atlantic Coast Conference and All-American candidate Da’Quan Bowers.

However, his head coach saw quite the contrary.

“He’s the best guy right there right now. I don’t see someone else who’s better at this point,” Friedgen responded Tuesday, defending his tackle. “I’m encouraged by him more than anything else.”

Friedgen made it clear that while there are times when a redshirt freshman will struggle; DeSouza has shown signs of brilliance in his limited playing time. And after the situation drew parallels to Dane Randolph and Phil Costa, both of whom are in the NFL, Friedgen went as far to say that DeSouza is further along in his development.

“There’s no question in my mind he’s not going to be a good player. I think he’s going to be a very good player,” Friedgen said at his press conference earlier this week. “A year from now, I think the [offensive] line will be one of the strong parts of our team.”

There’s been no word yet about the future of DeSouza’s career. This week, however, the next man up for the Terps is Max Garcia. The idea of playing the true freshman has been toggled by Friedgen, but in light of recent events, the decision has been made for him.

DeSouza did not travel with the rest of his teammate to Chestnut Hill this weekend; instead, he remained in the hospitalized.

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