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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.

By Eric Prisbell  | September 18, 2010; 4:47 PM ET
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Never like to see any of our players injured, but it's almost poetic justice Gilbert got hurt since his absolutely horrible blocking on the final play of the first half was what led to O'Brien's injury. Gilbert seemed totally disinterested in the game during that play and let a the defender go right past him (it was only a 3 man defensive rush).

Posted by: Barno1 | September 18, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Poor preparation (for several seasons now), little to no depth at most positions, highly questionable play calling on both the offensive and defensive ends of the ball, and on and on and on...

We've been to this rodeo for several years now and it's beyond what Big Ralph did for the program, but the Terps need a complete transfusion...Franklin's plain and simply not the answer...let's clean house Mr. new AD

Posted by: MerlinTerps | September 18, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The decline that began 6 years ago is accelerating and the program is now in free-fall...we have not won a road game since Oct least 1 new low (8 sacks in a game) was set today...I am pretty sure that -10Yds rushing for the entire game is also some kind of record...3 delay/false start penalties on opening series WTF? Thats just not being properly prepared to play and that equals a coaching failure....the excuses (youth, inexperience, injuries, crowd noise, lack of execution, cant reach the kids) have worn Merlin said, a COMPLETE transfusion is in order...Fridge and Franklin OUT....seriously, if Franklin knew how to win these games, dont you think Fridge would let him do it?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE bring in Mike Leach - NOW! He's available. Wherever he's gone - Valdosta State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, the spread breaks records and the opponent's defense stays on the field. No one runs the spread so well. He takes cast-offs and turns them into pros - Wes Welker, anyone?

Posted by: flynnie321 | September 18, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The Terps have not been able to get good talent for years.

They do get one or two individuals who are expectionally talented. However, there is a significant dip between the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd stringers.

We say we have speed, but man it was pale when compared to West Virginia.

I hope we go back to the offense we used when Fridge started with the Terps.

Franklin's offense is garbage!

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 18, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

To get O'Brien some juice, with 30 seconds in the half???? Franklin, 'you're an IDIOT'..Take your $1 Million and leave... You're soooo overated....

Posted by: frostanna | September 19, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: SirPelleas | September 19, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why people talk about how much Ralph did for the program. When Vanderlinden was fired, he said it was a mistake. (...and it was) He said, essentially, that the program was poised to make big strides. Ron Vanderlinden took a perennial loser and turned them around. Friedgen lived it up for three years with Vanderlinden's program and the remainder of Raplph's losing tenure has been what he has done for the program.

Posted by: 703TerpFan | September 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

As far as Franklin taking over - I believe we've seen enough of him to know that this is the Skipper and Gilligan running the show. My friends and I made a morbid bet that Franklin would send in O'Brien at the end of the half when WVU could tee up on him and clean his clock, thereby sending O'Brien to the trainer for the second half. Guess what happened???

Posted by: 703TerpFan | September 19, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Franklin may be able to talk shop, and convince folks he knows what he is talking about. However, turning that into practice hasn't been his cup of tea!

Over the years, Franklin has delivered ONE thing consistently ... DISAPPOINTMENT!

His offense literally stinks. It's predictable, and has no punch. He needs to collect his "MD Lottery" money and get out of dodge.

Sending an injured player when you are down is not BRIGHT. You risk injuring the player further... and that's precisely what happened to Danny.

Let's see what Franklin can do with the O-Line, and one of the linemen is injured with cartilage damage.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 19, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

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