Well, the absurdity has officially migrated over to the Maryland defense.
Senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, one of the Terps’ four captains and one of their biggest defensive weapons, suffered a torn ACL in Maryland’s 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech Saturday and will miss the rest of the 2012 season.
A quiet, emotional leader in the locker room as well as Maryland’s leading tackler, Hartsfield had his legs taken out from underneath on a legal cut block with 2:20 left in the second quarter, when Yellow Jackets freshman quarterback Vad Lee rushed for two yards on fourth-and-three from the Terps 28.
Hartsfield remained on the Byrd Stadium turf for some time before hobbling off the field and heading into the locker room.
“This is another tough loss for the program,” Coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “Demetrius is a captain and has been a leader of this defense both on and off the field. I feel terrible for him because I know how much the game means to him. To have his senior year cut short is just disheartening. We will be here to support him through the rehab process and help him with his transition towards the next stage of his career.”
Hartsfield has a team-high 78 tackles this season, including seven for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries. He ranks 10th nationally among active players with 338 career tackles.
For those counting, this makes three quarterbacks — C.J. Brown, Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe — and now Hartsfield, who served with a quarterback-esque mentality on the defense, out for the season with torn ACLs. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe suffered a preseason knee injury, the nature of which has been undisclosed.
Of those ACL injuries, Brown’s came on a hard cut during a non-contact preseason drill, Hills got blocked in the back against North Carolina State, jamming his knee into the turf and Rowe got hit out of bounds while planting.
Hartsfield had tweeted postgame that the injury was “nothing serious.”