Boykins, a fifth-year senior, has four catches for 36 yards this season but was one of four members in Maryland’s receiver rotation through its first three games alongside Kevin Dorsey, Stefon Diggs and Marcus Leak. With the clock winding down in the fourth quarter and Maryland facing a 24-21 deficit Saturday against Connecticut, Boykins was the target on quarterback Perry Hills’s fourth-down attempt that sailed out of the end zone.
Diggs will start in Boykins’s stead, and Edsall said the Terps will count on Nigel King, Tyrek Cheeseboro and Levern Jacobs to “step up.”
Jacobs, Edsall said, will be “taking Kerry’s number in terms of receivers possibly getting in the rotation.” The Terps will take a look this week regarding offensive sets, whether they will utilize three or four wide.
A freshman from Suitland High School, Jacobs hasn’t seen the field this season.
“Levern got a battlefield promotion yesterday,” Edsall said.
Kicker Nick Ferrara, sidelined since preseason with a hip injury, “hasn’t really done anything,” according to Edsall. The senior will travel to New York tomorrow to visit with the doctor who performed his hip surgery and receive an MRI exam.
With Ferrara out, freshman Brad Craddock is 2 for 3 on field goals with a 45-yarder and has hit all eight extra points. Edsall said he would feel comfortable, given the Australian’s leg strength, with stretching Craddock out to 50 yards on a field goal attempt.
Defensive lineman Keith Bowers is also out with a calf injury, rounding out the list of three Terps definitively sidelined against the Mountaineers. Isaiah Ross (hamstring) is good to go, bolstering the defensive line in Bowers’s absence.
Of note, fullback Tyler Cierski (concussion) will play after missing the Connecticut game. The Terps have four co-starters listed at running back.
“I know exactly what we want to do,” Edsall said of the running back situation, but declined to elaborate. “We’ll see how it plays out after today’s practice.”
Linebacker Kenny Tate (knee) “has been good this week,” according to Edsall, while defensive back A.J. Hendy (ankle) was named Maryland’s defensive scout team player of the week and is “starting to get a little closer.”