Injured Maryland cornerback Jeremiah Johnson, who suffered a fractured toe during the season opener against Florida International and has not appeared in a game since, is listed as questionable for Saturday’s regular season finale at North Carolina State, meaning the junior could finally make his long-awaited return.
A vocal leader of the secondary who has continued to attend meetings and instruct the less experienced cornerbacks tasked with replacing him, Johnson was initially pegged to return sometime around early November, but freshman Will Likely and senior Isaac Goins have started without Johnson and Dexter McDougle, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Connecticut in late September. Having Johnson back would represent a boost to the unit’s depth, even for at most two games between Saturday and a bowl appearance.
Starting long snapper Greg Parcher will miss the remainder of his senior season with an abdomen injury. He missed last weekend’s 29-26 home loss to Boston College with the same issue, so redshirt freshman Christian Carpenter started in Parcher’s stead.
“I thought he came in and did his job, did what was asked of him,” Coach Randy Edsall said of Carpenter. “Really weren’t any bad snaps, coming in and playing for the first time. I thought he was more than capable in terms of doing what he was supposed to do.”
The Terrapins will also be without linebacker Alex Twine (ankle) and wide receiver DeAndre Lane (hamstring). Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (ankle) is doubtful, so Maryland could be playing with a further depleted receiving corps. Starters Nigel King, Levern Jacobs and Amba Etta-Tawo are all healthy, but backups Daniel Adams, Regis Whittington and Ricardo Young have caught a combined zero passes this season.
Linebacker Cole Farrand (shoulder) is listed as questionable after missing the Boston College game. Safety Zach Dancel (hip) and tight end Dave Stinebaugh (knee) are both probable. Noticeably absent are wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro, who suffered a concussion during a bicycle accident in early October, and Young, who was out last week with a head injury.
>> Wide receiver Tejiri Erhie (offense), defensive lineman Azubuike Ukandu (defense) and cornerback Tony Perry (special teams) were named scout team players of the week. Running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker Matt Robinson (defense) and Likely (special teams) are this week’s captains. Goins (American) and Stinebaugh (Maryland) are the flag bearers.