Faced with one of its biggest challenges of the season — stopping Boston College running back Andre Williams, the nation’s leading rusher, on Saturday — the Maryland football team will be missing its leading tackler, linebacker Cole Farrand. The junior will be sidelined for his second game in three weeks, this time after suffering a shoulder injury, leaving the Terrapins without their second-level anchor.
Farrand missed the Syracuse game with a concussion and has battled a wrist issue for most of the season. He returned for Maryland’s 27-24 overtime win over Virginia Tech last weekend with eight tackles. Shawn Petty received his first career start at linebacker against the Orange.
For the first time this season, Maryland’s special teams also receives a shakeup. Long snapper Greg Parcher, who has been perfect this season with zero noticeable botched snaps, is out with an abdomen injury. According to the depth chart, junior Will Rosenblum starts in Parcher’s stead.
Wide receiver Levern Jacobs, the team’s leading healthy receiver, returns this week after incurring a concussion that sidelined him against the Hokies, but backups DeAndre Lane (hamstring) and Ricardo Young (head) are both out. Wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro (concussion) remains out, too.
Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson’s recovery from a fractured toe lasts another week, as the junior will miss his 10th straight game with the injury suffered during the season opener.
Tight end Dave Stinebaugh (knee) and linebacker Alex Twine (shoulder) are both probable.