The Maryland football team has lost another pair of wide receivers, leaving just five healthy pass-catchers left for Saturday’s trip to Virginia Tech. Slot receivers Levern Jacobs (concussion) and DeAndre Lane (hamstring) were both ruled out this week on the latest injury report, joining Deon Long and Stefon Diggs, both of whom suffered season-ending broken legs one month ago.
Without Jacobs and Lane, the Terrapins will visit Lane Stadium with four regular wide receivers and one quarterback-turned-wide receiver on the depth chart. Two things here are certain. First, without Diggs, Jacobs and Lane the Terps have lost all three of their slot receivers.
Second, some combination of Nigel King, Amba Etta-Tawo, Malcolm Culmer, Daniel Adams and Ricardo Young will play wideout against the Hokies. But the situation has become so convoluted that regular wideout positions can be thrown out the window. At this stage, where they will line up is anyone’s guess.
Losing Jacobs, who suffered his concussion late during last weekend’s loss to Syracuse, means Maryland will try to snap a three-game losing streak with just 39 career receptions, 537 receiving yards and three touchdowns from its healthy wide receivers. Coach Randy Edsall has already ruled out using true freshman Taivon Jacobs in an effort to save the speedster’s redshirt. Adams has not caught a pass in his college career after transferring from New Mexico. Neither does Young, a former Virginia Tech quarterback who will be the team’s fifth wide receiver. The Terps will not have a sixth available.
The Terps will also be forced to shuffle their offensive line once again this week, with true freshman left tackle Moise Larose sidelined. Edsall said Larose suffered a mid-foot sprain against the Orange when a player rolled onto his ankle. Larose had started his first career game that afternoon, after sophomore Mike Madaras departed the program for personal reasons.
Edsall declined to reveal how Maryland would compensate without Larose, but the Terps will be scrambling to protect quarterback C.J. Brown against the ACC’s best defense.
Linebacker Abner Logan will also be out with a foot injury, and wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro continues to recover from a concussion suffered during a bicycle accident. Junior Jeremiah Johnson will miss his ninth straight game with a fractured toe, and after redshirting his freshman season at Maryland, he cannot get a sixth year because of injury.
Noticeably absent from the injury report are linebacker Cole Farrand, recovered from a concussion suffered two weeks ago, safety Anthony Nixon (toe) and linebacker L.A. Goree (back spasms). All will play against the Hokies.
“I’m pumped up, ready to get back on the field, ready to help my team win,” said Farrand, who also revealed that he has since healed from a broken metacarpal in his hand suffered this season. “I’m excited to get to Virginia Tech.”
>> The Terps will wear their “White Ops” uniforms, the same sported during their 63-0 loss at Florida State in early October.
>> Running back Albert Reid (offense), Farrand (defense) and fullback Kenneth Goins (special teams) were named game captains.
Running back Tehuti Miles (offense), linebacker Clarence Murphy (defense) and wide receiver Regis Whittington (special teams) were named scout team players of the week. Read about Miles, who served for the United States Army in Afghanistan, here.
Defensive lineman Zeke Riser (American) and running back Brandon Ross (Maryland) will bear the flags.