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Either This Week or Next, Hartsfield Will Need Surgery

Coach Ralph Friedgen just finished up with his Sunday teleconference. Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield did indeed break two bones in his hand. He will need surgery either this week or next and then miss three weeks. Friedgen is considering playing Hartsfield on Saturday against Virginia – who knows how effective he could be – and then having him miss the three weeks. The other option is to operate now and hope to have him back for the N.C. State game Nov. 7. Either way, not great news for Maryland’s beleaguered defense.

As for fellow linebacker Adrian Moten, he is probable for Saturday with a thigh contusion.

Offensive lineman Lamar Young is questionable with a shoulder injury.

Left tackle Bruce Campbell (knee) is questionable, as is punter Travis Baltz (high ankle sprain).

When asked about possible changes in any shape or form, Friedgen said, “We have to try to think outside the box because it’s not like we are going to change a whole lot of people.”

When pressed on what he meant, Friedgen said, “We are going to evaluate everything.” He declined to get into specifics.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 11, 2009; 5:10 PM ET
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This is terrible news for one of our young promising players. Am against playing kids who are obviously hurt - would be a desperate move. So loooking at next year.

QB - inexperienced
WRs - experienced and pretty good
OL - more experienced than this year but still young without any studs (as campbell leaves)
TEs - Do we have any TEs this year?
RBs - more expereinced and deep.

The key is that the OL problem might be a few years worth of trouble. If we have some young studs coming in for 2010 we may have more depth and talent (starting 2 walk-ons at this point).

Special team - we should be in great shape next year with Baltz, Ferrara and the returners all coming back.

Defense - hmmmm
DL - Will be more experienced
LBs - Will be more experienced
Secondary - Will be more experienced.

The good news is that we are playing a lot of underclassmen. The bad news is that the QB leaves and the underclassmen have not been playing terribly well. Still, optimistic for next year.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | October 12, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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