The hits just keep on coming for the Maryland football team. The Terps will be without an additional five starters with ninth-ranked Clemson coming into town on Saturday. Quarterback C.J. Brown was officially ruled out of Saturday's game with a trunk injury. The fifth-year junior suffered the injury during Maryland's 34-10 loss at Wake Forest last weekend. Brown took several big hits during the game and head coach Randy Edsall opted to sit his starting quarterback in the second half due to health concerns.
The Terps will already be without its top two wide receivers. Deon Long and Stefon Diggs, who suffered season-ending leg injuries in last week's loss to Wake Forest, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Maryland will also be without: starting running back Brandon Ross (shoulder), starting tight end Dave Stinebaugh (knee), starting inside linebacker L.A. Goree (back) and starting safety Anthony Nixon (toe) for Saturday's game.
The aforementioned players were all nicked up either prior to, or during Maryland loss to Wake Forest. Linebacker L.A. Goree suffered back spasms during warm ups last weekend and did not play against in the game, while Anthony Nixon left the game in the first half after injuring his toe. Brandon Ross had his last carry early in the third quarter and was taken to the locker room before the fourth quarter. Ross later emerged in sweats and a tee shirt with a large bag of ice secured on his shoulder. Tight end Dave Stinebaugh has been listed as probable for several weeks on the weekly injury report, however, the injury will sideline him on Saturday.
On the bright (-ish) side, linebackers Alex Twine (labrum) and Matt Robinson (rotator cuff) are both listed as probable this week, after sitting out against Wake Forest. Probable doesn't mean 100 percent, but getting back Twine and Robinson would give the Terps significantly depleted linebacking corps a much needed boot-especially given that inside linebacker L.A. Goree will be out this week.
With Brown out, Rowe will assume the starting role for the second time this season. In his first start this year against Virginia, Rowe threw for a career-high 332 yards, the most passing yards by a Maryland quarterback his season. He stepped in for an injured C.J. Brown against Wake Forest and completed 15 of 27 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. Against Florida State, Rowe stepped in after Brown suffered a concussion, and completed 9-of-17 passes for 119 yards. Behind Rowe are two capable backups in Ricardo Young and Perry Hills.
Sophomore Albert Reid and freshman standout Jacquille Veii will have to shoulder the load of the ground game with Ross out on Saturday. Reid has played in all seven games and has 37 carries for 193 yards this season. Freshman Jacquille Veii has taken advantage of his limited time on the field this season. He had eight carries for 53 yards in the season-opener against FIU, and 10 carries for 43 yards against ODU. His numbers have not been quite as impressive in the past four games, but he could play a key role on Saturday.
Caleb Rowe threw a game-changing touchdown to tight end Dave Stinebaugh against UVa. The sophomore quarterback will not have that luxury on Saturday, as Stinebaugh will be out with a knee injury. Back ups P.J. Gallo and freshman standout Andrew Isaacs will have to step up in Stinebaugh's absence. Neither have recorded any stats this year.
Without Deon Long and Stefon Diggs, red-shirt freshman Amba Etta-Tawo and sophomore Levern Jacobs will be expected to be the "next men up". Jacobs has 13 catches for 245 yards this season. He caught his first career touchdown on Saturday against Wake on a 56-yard pass from Caleb Rowe…the Terps will need more where that came from against Clemson. Etta-Tawo had a stellar spring, but he his production has been limited to just eight catches for 87 yards so far this season.
**Other injury updates**
Both Deon Long and Stefon Diggs went under the knife this week. Long had successful surgery on his broken tibia and fibula on Sunday morning, while Diggs' had surgery on his broken tibia Tuesday. Edsall said both surgeries were successful and expects a recovery period of somewhere around four months for Diggs, and six months for Long barring any complications with their recovery.
Freshman d-lineman Kingsley Opara had successfully shoulder surgery on Thursday to correct a pre-existing (as in high school) injury to his labrum. Edsall said he expects Opara to be able to return to participate to some degree in practice this spring barring any setbacks with his rehab.
Other players remaining out this week include: freshman wide out DeAndre Lane, who suffered a concussion in practice last week; offensive lineman Nick Klemm (foot), kicker Adam Green (quad), cornerback Jeremiah Johnson (toe), and Tyrek Cheeseboro (head), who was hit by a bus earlier this month.
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