Defensive End Frost Is Lost for the Season

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The injury-depleted Maryland football team yesterday lost another key player for the rest of the regular season.

Defensive end Mack Frost, a reserve who has been part of the regular rotation, will undergo surgery to repair anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee. Frost suffered the injury during the Terrapins' 18-17 loss to Virginia on Saturday.

Frost, a junior, played in all seven of Maryland's games, recording 3 1/2 tackles for losses and 1 1/2 sacks, both of which rank third on the team.

"That happens in seasons, and you can't let that just control you," said Terrapins Coach Ralph Friedgen, who has watched his team suffer three season-ending injuries to key players in the last three weeks. "I've never been a guy to worry about injuries before. We've got to keep working and getting through it. It's the only way I know. There's no other solution."

Maryland will also be without starting fullback Cory Jackson for Saturday's game against Clemson because he will undergo surgery for a broken left hand. Jackson's one carry this season came at Wake Forest, a three-yard touchdown run. He has also caught five passes for 43 yards.

But he has been most valuable as a lead blocker for running backs Keon Lattimore and Lance Ball. Friedgen said Haroon Brown, a freshman who has not played this season, will start for Maryland on Saturday.

Terrapins backup inside linebacker Rick Costa also will miss Saturday's game. Costa hasn't played since he suffered a concussion against Georgia Tech.

Emotion Guaranteed

Clemson running back James Davis told a Charleston, S.C., newspaper that he is guaranteeing a victory against Maryland this week. "We're going to win," Davis said in yesterday's editions of the Post and Courier. "Guaranteed."

A copy of the quote greeted the Terrapins as they arrived in their locker room yesterday.

Lattimore laughed when asked about the quote.

"That just shows me his determination and his will to want to win," Lattimore said. "If he's talking like that, then I know his team is backing him up. If he's putting it out on the line like that, he must feel confident with their game plan or whatever they have going on. So we have to do the same thing."

Tight end Dan Gronkowski said Davis's comments will only increase his team's concentration during practice and in the game.

"You see that and you really start thinking about the game," Gronkowski said. "It's kind of a bad thing on their part, especially because of the situation they're in. It's not like they should be guaranteeing victory right now or anything."

Both Clemson (5-2, 2-2 ACC) and Maryland (4-3, 1-2) need a victory to preserve their already scant hopes for an ACC Atlantic Division title.

Steffy Could Play Saturday

Maryland quarterback Jordan Steffy has not been cleared by doctors to play against Clemson, though Friedgen said he has looked good in practice.

"I was very impressed with the way he threw the ball last night," Friedgen said. "I just want to see where he is. We'll go through the whole week, make a determination. That will probably be at game time. Maybe we'll play both of them, we'll see."

Chris Turner has played quarterback since Steffy suffered a concussion in the first half of Maryland's victory at Rutgers on Sept. 29. But with Maryland's offensive line limited by injuries, Friedgen wants to be cautious with Steffy. . . .

Friedgen said right guard Andrew Crummey (broken leg) has a chance of returning in time to play in the season's penultimate game, against Florida State on Nov. 17. Meantime, freshman Stephen St. John impressed Friedgen at practice and is a contender to log playing time at right tackle. . . .

Erin Henderson (knee) and David Philistin (shoulder) practiced in black non-contact jerseys. Henderson also underwent dental work Monday to repair a chipped tooth suffered against Virginia, when his facemask was pushed into his face.

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