The Terps secondary will get a much-needed boost in depth when safety Matt Robinson and cornerback Isaac Goins return on Saturday against Connecticut at Byrd Stadium, according to the two-deep depth chart released by Maryland on Monday.
Robinson, who hurt his left shoulder during practice on Aug. 14 and has been absent ever since, is listed as the starting strong safety, in front of true freshman Sean Davis. Robinson started the first three games in 2011 before requiring surgery on right shoulder. Before that injury, he ranked second in the ACC in tackles per game.
Goins, a junior, had been battling mononucleosis, but returns as the second-string cornerback behind sophomore Jeremiah Johnson. The secondary has taken its lumps through two games, especially as the Owls nearly climbed their way back from a 23-point halftime deficit.
Edsall told reporters last week that he was “very optimistic” both Robinson and Goins would return when the Terps return home to face the Huskies. At that time, Edsall felt “optimistic” that running back Brandon Ross, the projected preseason starter, would return from his hamstring injury. But only Justus Pickett, Wes Brown and Albert Reid are listed on the two-deep, Pickett as the starter, Brown and Reid as co-second string.
Offensive lineman Josh Cary, who entered the Temple game listed as questionable with a knee injury and dressed but never played, is now on the two-deep as the backup left guard behind Bennett Fulper.
Fullback Tyler Cierski, who was taken out of Saturday’s 36-27 win over Temple with an undisclosed injury, is listed on the first string.
Per the Terps weekly game notes, Maryland’s defense ranks sixth nationally in opposing average yards per rush (1.95) and its seven sacks are tied for 13th in the Football Bowl Subdivision.