Add one more player to the ever-growing list of players out for the season for the Maryland football team: Running back Wes Brown will have surgery on his left labrum (shoulder) on Friday and miss the final two games of the year.
Wes Brown was Maryland's leading rusher this season with 382 yards and two touchdowns. (Photo by Bill Bride)
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound freshman suffered the injury against Wake Forest. Due to an ankle injury also keeping him sidelined, Brown and coach Randy Edsall decided to go ahead and have surgery on his labrum to get a two-week head start on his recovery. Brown will have a 20-week recovery time and miss spring practice.
Brown is the only new player out this week, joining the nine others who have already suffered season-ending injuries. Tyrek Cheeseboro (concussion) will return this week, while the status of Stefon Diggs (ankle) remains to be determined.
Maryland releases it’s injury report around 6 p.m. on Thursdays.
“I’ve got to see how he is today in terms of where he’s at,” Edsall said when asked about Diggs. “We’ll take a look at him today, but we’re encouraged.”
A spring return for Brown?
With so many injuries at quarterback this season, the only two signal callers guaranteed to be available for spring practice are Ricardo Young and Dustin Dailey. But if C.J. Brown has his way, he’ll be on the field in March.
Brown, who tore his ACL in August, is aiming to return in time for spring practice, Edsall said Thursday. Whether or not his knee is fully recovered, though, remains to be determined.
“We sat down the other day. He’s going to do everything he can to try and get back,” Edsall said. “That’s his mindset right now. He wants to be back for spring. It will be close.”
Spring game moved to Friday night
Maryland’s spring game will be played on a Friday night this year, as opposed to the normal Saturday time slot.
With the lacrosse team hosting Johns Hopkins on Saturday night, Edsall decided it would be a good idea to move the game to Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
“We’ll let coach Tillman have center stage against Hopkins,” Edsall said. “Then this way, I get a chance to go to the game. On Friday night, we’ve got a chance to get some other people in here … I’ve always wanted to do that.”
The last time Maryland held a spring game on a Friday night was 2000, according to the Washington Times.
Transfers and redshirts
With the year winding down – Maryland has just two games left in the season – Edsall took time Thursday to talk about how the team’s transfers and redshirt freshmen have progress this season.
Edsall has been pleased with the progress made by the team’s transfers and redshirt freshman. He specifically singled out Zach Dancel, Ricardo Young, Kenneth Goins, Joe Riddle and Amba Etta-Tawo, who has gained 10-12 pounds this year.
“I think all of them have been good,” Edsall said. “I’ve been impressed with the guys that have redshirted. What I see out of those guys is they’re taking advantage of the weight room. We get an extra lift with them on Friday and they lift twice on Sundays. Some of those guys have really developed.”
Odds and ends
>> Nate Renfro won the punting competition this week against Brad Craddock, but the starting kicker – either Craddock or Brandon Magistro – remains to be determined, Edsall said.
>> Edsall was asked a generic question about recruiting numbers and answered by talking about how football was different than the other sports in regards to numbers. There was nothing substantial to report, but he did drop a good basketball line.
“In basketball, you bring in 3 or four kids,” Edsall said. “Unless you’re Kentucky and everyone leaves.”