Maryland Awaits Word on Prognosis of Two Key Offensive Players
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Maryland is awaiting word this week on the long-term prognosis of two key offensive players -- running back Da'Rel Scott (broken forearm) and left tackle Bruce Campbell (knee) -- who suffered injuries in Saturday's 24-21 victory over Clemson.
Coach Ralph Friedgen initially believed Scott, a junior who earned first-team all-ACC honors last season, would miss the remainder of the season because of a broken left radius bone. But Friedgen said Sunday that he maintains hope that Scott could return for the Nov. 21 game at Florida State.
Scott is expected to undergo surgery this week, when a plate will be inserted into his arm. Scott rushed for 1,133 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but this season has struggled holding on to the football. He lost three fumbles in two games in September. He had no yards on three carries Saturday.
"Losing Da'Rel is a tough thing," Friedgen said. "But it is a position that we do have a lot of running backs. Hopefully these guys step up. I like the talent. I think they are all good players."
Maryland will rely on sophomore Davin Meggett, who scored a touchdown Saturday, as well as redshirt freshman Gary Douglas, who played extensively for the first time Saturday. Friedgen also said that true freshman D.J. Adams could be in the mix, as well.
The Terrapins, however, have fewer options along the offensive line. Friedgen said Campbell will not play in Saturday's game at Wake Forest after the junior suffered an MCL injury to his left knee against Clemson. He was expected to undergo an MRI exam on Monday to determine the extent of ligament damage.
Campbell had recently returned from a two-game absence after suffering a turf toe injury in the season-opening loss against California.
"It would really thin us out if we didn't have him," Friedgen said.
Maryland players said junior linebacker Adrian Moten, one of four team captains, was the ringleader behind last Wednesday's player-only meeting that players said helped set the stage for Saturday's victory.
Moten has never been afraid to share his opinions or confront players for subpar play in practice. Moten and other players talked in the meeting about the need to start the season fresh with the ACC schedule, among other issues.
At one point, Friedgen walked past the meeting room and took notice.
"I heard some guys raising their voices," Friedgen said. "There was some changes going on in there."
On his first kickoff return Saturday, Torrey Smith became the first division I-A player to reach 1,000 all-purpose yards this season. Smith has 1,153 all-purpose yards. . . .
Maryland's game against Virginia on Oct. 17 will kick off at 4 p.m. at Byrd Stadium and be televised on ESPNU.