Campbell, McCollough Not Expected Back This Week
A few quick updates from Coach Ralph Friedgen’s Sunday teleconference with reporters:
Cornerback Nolan Carroll, a senior captain, underwent surgery on his broken leg late Saturday night. Friedgen said a screw was put into the leg, which Carroll had broken in a similar place in high school. Friedgen said the tape indicates that lineman Derek Drummond inadvertently kicked Carroll’s leg when Carroll swung around in the game.
Friedgen said he does NOT expect to get left tackle Bruce Campbell (turf toe) or Jamari McCollough (foot) back this week. That is significant because it means Maryland will be without three starters, including two in the secondary when it plays Middle Tennessee State. MTSU is no slouch. It uses five wideouts and Friedgen expects his injury-riddled secondary to be supremely tested. Cornerback Cameron Chism played pretty well Saturday, but Friedgen said he will need to step up. It also means that true freshman cornerback Dexter McDougle will not redshirt this season.
Friedgen said linebackers Adrian Moten and Alex Wujciak tackled very well but others, particularly in the secondary, did not. He said players were correctly positioned on JMU quarterback Drew Dudzik’s 70-yard touchdown run, but Maryland missed two tackles on the play. Overall, he felt the defense relaxed after Maryland secured a 21-6 lead in the first half.
Friedgen said he still expects to rotate players on the offensive line. He said Tyler Bowen held up pretty well Saturday, but coaches want to proceed cautiously with Bowen, so he may practice Monday but be held out Tuesday.
Injuries are certainly taking their toll on this young team. I had always felt Maryland needed to get through the Clemson game with a 3-2 record. That means two wins in the next three games, which is possible but perhaps not probable at this point.
Posted by: SirPelleas | September 13, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: carolina1 | September 13, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: ckstevenson | September 14, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Barno1 | September 14, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.