By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 13, 2006
Maryland offensive lineman Donnie Woods was released from the hospital early yesterday after being treated for a concussion suffered during the Terrapins' 14-13 victory over Miami on Saturday.
Woods was airlifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore after he was taken from the field on a stretcher late in the third quarter. Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said Woods is listed as day-to-day and will be evaluated on a daily basis.
Woods suffered the injury while trying to throw a block on a running play. "Donnie doesn't remember anything," Friedgen said.
He said Woods's first memory of the incident involved team trainers unscrewing his face mask from his helmet. Woods remained on the field for nearly 10 minutes, motionless and face down in the turf after he was knocked unconscious. Medical personnel immobilized Woods, fearing he had suffered a neck injury.Two Tough Ones to Go
Maryland (8-2, 5-1) and Wake Forest (9-1, 5-1) are tied atop the ACC Atlantic Division for the second straight week with two games left, including a Nov. 25 matchup between the teams that could decide which will play in the ACC championship in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 2.
"The easiest thing I can think of is to win the next two games," Friedgen said. "There're a lot of different scenarios that can happen. But the best thing for us is to win two games."
A Maryland victory in the next two weeks would clinch the spot. A Maryland loss on either weekend wouldn't necessarily knock the Terrapins out of contention, but it would activate a series of tiebreakers that could leave them out of the title game.
Meanwhile, Friedgen said he is trying to motivate his team to get past some fatigue. Maryland's last five victories have been by a total of 13 points, and each game has gone down to the wire.
"Getting up each and every week takes a toll," Friedgen said. "There is no relaxing in this league. We've got another big game against a top team at their place."
Maryland, which moved up from No. 23 to No. 21 in the Associated Press poll yesterday, plays at No. 20 Boston College on Saturday. . . .
Friedgen said fullback Tim Cesa is listed as day-to-day with a concussion he suffered on the first play against Florida State on Oct. 28. He hasn't played since. . . . Senior wide receiver Drew Weatherly suited up against Miami, the first time he's been in uniform since Oct. 14 against Virginia.