Wide receiver Kerry Boykins, who has missed four games this season with a hip injury, will be sidelined once again Saturday when Maryland hosts Georgia Tech, and he’s doubtful to return at all this year.
Kerry Boykins will miss his fourth straight game -- and fifth overall -- Saturday against Georgia Tech.
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior has been presented with three options from team doctors, two of which include surgery, according to coach Randy Edsall.
“They presented three scenarios, what he’s got to do is make the decision to what he wants to do. Two of them are surgical, so he’s got to do that. I’ll just support him through whatever he wants to do,” Edsall said. “I would doubt that we see him the rest of the year. I would hope he could come back, but it’s not looking good.”
If Boykins indeed misses the rest of the season, he’ll finish his senior campaign with four receptions for 36 yards and one rush for 12 yards.
In addition to Boykins, the only Terps who will definitely miss Saturday’s game are the team’s seven players out for the season: C.J. Brown, Devin Burns, Nick Ferrara, Perry Hills, Marcus Leak, Andre Monroe and Caleb Rowe. Edsall expects both Sal Conaboy and Bennett Fulper to play Saturday.
Edsall wasn’t home from College Park in time to answer the door for any trick-or-treaters, but that didn’t stop a young kid from asking the second-year coach’s wife about the Terps’ quarterback quandary.
“There was this little guy, probably seven or eight years old, he got his candy and just stayed there,” Edsall recalled his wife telling him. “He didn’t leave. All the other kids got their stuff and left. He said, “How are they going to play a linebacker at quarterback?” I said, ‘I’m glad I wasn’t home to answer the door for that one.’”
With the Terps’ down to a fifth-string option at quarterback in Shawn Petty, Edsall said he’s seen players all across the offense step up and take an increased leadership role.
“It’s an added responsibility for everyone. I’ve seen everyone try to do more from a leadership standpoint this week,” Edsall said. “I think that has to happen when you get yourself in this situation. I’ve seen lineman, tight ends, receivers and even running backs. Everyone’s got to do a little more. Everyone’s got to be a little sharper.”
With so many quarterbacks sidelined with season-ending injuries, the Terps wont have much depth at the position during spring practice.
Edsall doesn’t expect Burns, Hills or Rowe to be ready for spring practice but could see Brown participating in throwing drills. The Terps will have Ricardo Young and Dustin Dailey available to practice, and Edsall said Shawn Petty will stay at quarterback if necessary.
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