Pooler Out for Season

Maryland junior linebacker Ben Pooler will miss the 2010 season with a torn ACL.

Maryland junior linebacker Ben Pooler will miss the 2010 season with an ACL tear in his left knee, according to Terrapin coach Ralph Friedgen.

“It’s tough for both of us,” Friedgen said after Thursday’s second practice. “It hurts our team. Positions that we were deep in are starting to get thinner. You’ve just gotta go on.”

Pooler was expected to be a major contributer to the team, as he started for the team last year at Will linebacker and was expected to back up Demetrius Hartsfield at the position this year and receive plenty of playing time.

“We thought he’d play a lot of football for us this year,” Friedgen said. “Hopefully we get him back and he plays for us next year.”

The injury to Pooler also puts a kink into the situation at linebacker for the Terps, but Friedgen hopes to be able to lean on the other linebackers and have them step up in place of Pooler.

“I think the simplest thing for us to do is move Donahue and have him play both [linebacker positions], but I think we’re still a man short,” explained Friedgen. “If [Alex] Wujciak’s healthy, that’s fine. If [David] Mackell comes along, that’s fine. Mackell showed up quite a bit today…maybe this gets him the work he needs at Mike, maybe he comes along and develops.”


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