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The Heyward-Bey Factor

So if Darrius Heyward-Bey can’t play Saturday because of a leg injury -- he is listed as questionable -- what does that mean for Maryland? Yes, at times it has been difficult to get Heyward-Bey the ball. Yes, Danny Oquendo and Ronnie Tyler have emerged as third-down threats. But Heyward-Bey is the most talented player on the team, a big-play receiver capable of scoring on almost any play. Maryland will have a very difficult time running the ball against Boston College’s defense. Quarterback Chris Turner said Maryland will need to throw the ball against the Eagles to open up the running game. If Heyward-Bey is out, or if he’s not at full strength, the Terps will face even more of a disadvantage against a stout defense.

Trey Covington’s status is also worth keeping an eye on because his usual backup Rick Costa was suspended following his recent arrest. If Covington (back) can’t go, Maryland looks very thin at LEO and Derek Drummond would likely have to be relied upon for a strong effort.

An intriguing game now has even more intrigue.

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 28, 2008; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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