Kicker Nick Ferrara is officially out for the season with a hip tendon injury, Coach Randy Edsall said Thursday. Ferrara will graduate in December, effectively ending his career at Maryland.
Ferrara suffered the injury during the preseason, giving way to true freshman Brad Craddock. He appeared to work his way back, at one point taking kicks during practice, but relapses of the injury surfaced and Ferrara was shut down.
After extensive conversations with Edsall and team trainers, Ferrara came to a “mutual” agreement, Edsall said. He will get his degree later this year and, if healthy, could seek kicking opportunities elsewhere. However, he will not return to the Terrapins.
“I just hope the kid gets healthy,” Edsall said. “Hoping he might be able to kick again.
“We’ll do everything we can to get him graduated and move on from there.”
In Ferrara’s stead, Craddock drilled field goals from 49 and 52 yards last week against Wake Forest, but sailed a 47-yarder wide left and shanked an extra point attempt.
Safety Matt Robinson (groin) has been ruled out for Saturday’s road matchup at Virginia. Anthony Nixon will likely start in his place after a strong performance in the secondary against Wake Forest.
Edsall said that a couple other Terrapins players are, at this moment, doubtful, but declined to mention names. He deferred to the team injury report, to be released later Thursday, citing the need to evaluate their status during Maryland’s last practice before the team leaves for Charlottesville.
Edsall reported no other injuries, save defensive lineman Andre Monroe and quarterback C.J. Brown, both of whom are out for the season. Brown is “doing a lot better,” Edsall said, and has progressed to walking without crutches. “He’s getting better each day,” Edsall said.
A.J. Hendy is still getting treatment on his injured ankle, but will serve in a backup role in the secondary and on special teams. He was on punt protection against Wake Forest.
Other items of note from Edsall’s Thursday chat:
>> Edsall didn’t offer much about quarterback Devin Burns, after hinting Sunday that he might see time behind center. “He’s picked things up [at the rate] we expected,” Edsall said. “He’s got certain strengths and weaknesses.”
>> Watching the Yankees’ extra-inning, walk-off win over the Orioles on Wednesday night cut deep for Edsall. “It broke my heart,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it, but that’s the way the ball bounces sometimes.” He also expressed respect for New York manager Joe Girardi for subbing out Alex Rodriguez in favor of Raul Ibanez, who hit the game-tying and game-winning homers last night.
>> Scout team players of the week went to Stephen Grommer (offense), Nate Clarke (defense) and James Bowman (special teams).