Gilbert, O'Brien suffer injuries in loss at West Virginia
Two important Maryland players – left tackle Justin Gilbert and backup quarterback Danny O’Brien --- suffered injuries Saturday that could significantly affect the Terrapins’ offense in the coming weeks.
Gilbert, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound sophomore, injured his left leg in the third quarter of Maryland’s 31-17 loss at West Virginia. Coach Ralph Friedgen declined to specify the nature of the injury prematurely but said a “pop” was heard, which portends a significant setback.
“From what I have seen, we will probably get him back” this season, offensive coordinator James Franklin said. “The question will be when.”
After Gilbert was hurt, Maryland inserted sophomore R.J. Dill at left tackle and redshirt freshman Pete DeSouza in Dill’s spot at right tackle. Quarterback Jamarr Robinson, who was sacked seven times – Terrapins quarterbacks were sacked eight times, the most allowed by Maryland under Friedgen --- said the Gilbert injury presents a “serious” challenge for the offense to overcome, adding, “That’s my blind side. That one is tough to replace.”
Meantime, O’Brien re-aggravated the right ankle sprain he suffered last weekend against Morgan State. O’Brien’s ankle was not 100 percent when he entered Saturday’s game, Franklin said, but he was healthy enough to play.
On Maryland’s final series of the first half, O’Brien was hammered by West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin and limped from the field as time expired. O’Brien did not return. Had O’Brien been healthy, Friedgen said, he may have started the second half, although no decision had been made before halftime.
“We tried to get Danny in the game to get some juice,” Franklin said.
| September 18, 2010; 4:47 PM ET
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