The Maryland football team will be without arguably its best two offensive weapons Saturday against Clemson.
Stefon Diggs, who leads the Terps in receiving yards, all-purpose yards and touchdowns this season, will miss Saturday's game against Clemson. (Photo by Bill Bride)
Running back Wes Brown and wide receiver/returner Stefon Diggs will both be sidelined with ankle injuries against the Tigers. Wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro (concussion) will also miss the game, moving the amount of Maryland players to be out for Saturday’s contest up to 12.
Brown, Diggs and Cheeseboro join the group of nine Maryland players -- Kerry Boykins, C.J. Brown, Devin Burns, Nick Ferrara, Demetrius Hartsfield, Perry Hills, Marcus Leak, Andre Monroe and Caleb Rowe -- already out for the season with injuries.
“You take a look this week, there are 12 guys out, and all the guys were playing a significant role,” Edsall said. “The quarterbacks were all playing a significant role because of someone else getting hurt.”
With Diggs out, the Terps only have three true wide receivers available in Kevin Dorsey, Levern Jacobs and Nigel King. Dexter McDougle and Brandon Ross will handle return duties in Diggs’ absence. Ross, Justus Pickett and Albert Reid will see increased roles in the running game with Brown sidelined.
Hartsfield and the NFL
After suffering an ACL tear so late in the season, Hartsfield’s attempt to play at the next level in the NFL has taken a step back – at least momentarily.
“That’s the tough part. People know that he’s had the injury. Now, if he goes and gets anything done, can he go and perform when he needs to?” Edsall said. “Eventually you have to get that done and get it fixed. You hope he can get back in time to run. He’s got film … Then it’s going to be how is he doing after the surgery. That’s the tough part. That’s what you feel bad about.”
Hartsfield will have roughly five months to recuperate from his injury before NFL scouting days. Edsall said he would sit down with the senior linebacker sometime next week to discuss how he should move forward.
“I think he can [play in the NFL], but that’s up to 32 teams. That’s their decision, what they think,” Edsall said. “I think he’s smart enough, fast enough, big enough to do that. It’s just a matter of what 32 teams think. The No. 1 evaluation is what you put on film. After that, if they like what they see, they take into account the other things, off the field issues, intangibles.”
Odds and ends
-- Maryland will start spring practice earlier than normal this year in order to take full advantage of the spring recruiting period. The Terps will run spring practice from March 2 to April 13 before hitting the recruiting trail from April 15 to May 31.
-- The Terps are still searching for a third-string quarterback behind Petty and Brian McMahon. Tight end Dave Stinebaugh worked out at the position this week, but it didn’t work out, according to Edsall.
“The third quarterback is still to be determined. We don’t have one,” Edsall said. “Dave Stinebaugh, we watched him throw, because he played quarterback in high school. He threw one route. It was a skipper.
-- Boykins and Hartsfield will have surgery next week, while Rowe is schedule to have surgery Nov. 16.