Campbell May be Sidelined More Than One Week
I joined a handful of reporters last night for an interesting interview session with offensive line coach Tom Brattan. Here’s how it works after practice: Reporters make requests to speak to certain assistant coaches or players. I chose a defensive player since I already wrote that Bruce Campbell would not play Saturday. But a lot of people chose Brattan, so I chose to stick around for that interview.
Brattan was in rare form. He spoke very fast and was highly energized.
The offensive line is talented and promising, but it is very inexperienced, and that was evident throughout the 52-13 loss at California. Brattan called it a “baptism by fire” for promising right tackle R.J. Dill, who will start this Saturday against James Madison. But the same could be said for several linemen. And even the most experienced, senior center Phil Costa, committed two errors, illegal snaps.
“These kids got to come along a little quicker than anticipated,” Brattan said.
Brattan said Campbell, who suffered a turf toe injury against California, is out this week and “maybe longer than that. Not an injury you can rush. It can be a lingering injury. You have to decide what you are going to do. You can roll the dice and risk him getting hurt more and lose more time, or you can shut him down completely until he is healthy. He is definitely out this week.”
This is a critical stretch for Maryland. If the Terps want to win six or seven games, I really think they need to win their next three games, all home games, because the latter portion of the schedule is difficult. But they will play at least one of these home games without Campbell, and maybe more without the hulking left tackle.
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