Expect no changes to Maryland's offensive line this week
Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen just spent about 15 minutes with reporters on a teleconference. Now he is getting ready to head over to a D.C. hospital to see redshirt freshman Pete DeSouza, who remains in intensive care after breaking two bones in both legs in Thursday’s motor scooter accident.
After speaking to DeSouza’s mother, Friedgen said DeSouza remains in a lot of pain and is heavily sedated. His family was pleased with the results of Friday’s 12-hour surgery, and Friedgen said the pain should subside some in a few days. “It was pretty severe damage,” Friedgen said. “He’s very fortunate there was no head trauma.”
Friedgen also talked about how he learned of DeSouza’s accident, which occurred near Cole Field House about 9 p.m. Thursday. Friedgen had already gone to bed upstairs in his home and had left his cell phone downstairs. His wife Gloria called a neighbor to bang on Friedgen’s door to rouse Friedgen from sleep because he was not answering the cell or house phone.
As for the offensive line, Friedgen said it protected fairly well but he believes the line as a whole can play better. He thought Bennett Fulper struggled some at center. But after discussing different options with assistants – such as putting Paul Pinegar back at center and giving freshman Max Garcia a shot at right tackle – Friedgen said the line will remain the same for the time being.
Another critical game looms for Maryland on Saturday. Wake Forest is a well-coached team that has struggled mightily this season, particularly defensively. The Terrapins can become bowl eligible with a victory, and to do so before November would be a sizable feat for a team that won just two games last season.
“It’s a game that has a lot on the line for us,” Friedgen said. “It is a very pivotal game on the schedule.”
| October 24, 2010; 5:02 PM ET
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