His teammates waited with bated breath for him to return to his feet. At first, he didn't.
Denzel Conyers, a senior defensive back for the Maryland Terrapins, collided with a teammate during practice last week and had to leave Maryland's practice field via ambulance.
He was soon taken to a Baltimore hospital, where he was bombarded with worrisome texts and calls from loved ones.
"I don't even know how it got out, I had friends from back home texting and calling me," Conyers said. "I was stunned by how many people genuinely cared, and loved and literally supported me."
Thankfully, Conyers has since returned to regular form. He started in last week's home opener against Howard, and should make the start against Florida International as the Terps look to capture their second win of the season. This game is beyond personal for the Florida native. Conyers signed his letter of intent with Florida International back in 2012, but never played a down for the Golden Panthers. After working through some academic issues at a junior college out west, he found his home with the Terrapins in 2014.
"I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason," Conyers said. "With me not going there...as a young kid it might have bothered me but as a young man, I feel like this is the place for me to be."
When asked what kind of "crew" he'd be bringing out to the game, Conyers flashed an ear-to-ear smile and couldn't help but laugh. He estimates upwards of 20 family members to be at the game this Friday.
"This will be their first game seeing me live since I was in high school...so it's a great feeling."