Another week brings another position gutted by injuries on the Maryland football team, this time its inside linebacking corps. As the Terrapins (5-3, 1-3 ACC) attempt to secure bowl eligibility for the third straight game, they will do so without starter and top tackler Cole Farrand.
Listed on the team’s weekly injury report with a head injury, Farrand will give way to backup Shawn Petty, who around this time last year was preparing for his first college start at quarterback. Two weekends ago, Farrand recorded 23 tackles against Clemson, the most by a Maryland player since Oct. 27, 1990, and second most by any player in the country this season. Often cleaning up at the second level, Farrand ranks fifth in the ACC with 8.4 tackles per game. Against the Tigers, Petty recorded his first career sack. A start this weekend would also be the first of Petty’s career on defense.
Fellow inside linebacker L.A. Goree, hampered by back spasms since the Wake Forest game three weeks ago, is listed as questionable. If Goree cannot go, redshirt freshman Abner Logan will take his place.
Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson, who started the season opener before fracturing his toe, will also miss Saturday’s home game against Syracuse. Though his original timetable for recovery projected a return around this week, those types of injuries often vary depending on the individual.
Absent from the injury report altogether are quarterback C.J. Brown and running back Brandon Ross, both of whom missed Maryland’s loss to Clemson before the bye week with trunk and shoulder injuries, respectively. Starting tight end Dave Stinebaugh (knee) is listed as probable.
“Offensively I think we’re going to be in pretty good shape,” Coach Randy Edsall said Thursday.
Wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro , who suffered a concussion during a bicycle accident several weeks ago, is also out. Third-string kicker Adam Greene (quad), starting safety Anthony Nixon (toe) and backup right guard Andrew Zeller (knee) are listed as questionable alongside Goree. Backup left guard Silvano Altamirano (back) is also probable.
There were no new additions to the list of players lost for the season. That group remains at the following: DB Milan Collins (ankle), LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (chest), WR Stefon Diggs (leg), OL JaJuan Dulaney (knee), WR Deon Long (leg), DB Dexter McDougle (shoulder), DL Mike Minter (knee), DL Kingsley Opara (shoulder) and DL Ty Tucker (knee).