Maryland defensive end Isaiah Ross and tight end Dave Stinebaugh will undergo surgery after suffering injuries during Monday’s 32-24 victory over Miami, Coach Randy Edsall said during a Tuesday teleconference.
Stinebaugh, a sophomore reserve who missed the final seven games because of injuries last season, will be out for the remainder of the season because of a shoulder injury.
Edsall said it is yet to be determined when and if Ross, a defensive end starter, can return this season. Edsall also declined to specify the nature of the injury. Ross was helped off the field during the Miami game and appeared to be favoring his leg.
An Eleanor Roosevelt High graduate, Ross played in all 13 games last season as a reserve defensive lineman. He finished tied for third on the team in sacks with 2.5.
True freshman Keith Bowers, a player who has impressed Edsall throughout preseason camp, is listed behind Ross on the Maryland depth chart that was released before the Miami game. Sophomore Bradley Johnson is the other defensive end reserve.
Versatile defensive lineman Justin Anderson is expected to be out at least a couple more weeks after undergoing surgery early in preseason camp. Edsall said it is too early to speculate about options at the one defensive end because the team will focus on fundamentals this week and does not play again until Sept. 17 against West Virginia.
>> Edsall reiterated he was pleased with the efficiency and effectiveness of the offense, at least until it reached the red zone. The Terrapins had seven drives of at least 60 yards Monday night and, as a team, committed just four penalties.
Edsall said the up-tempo, mostly no-huddle offense is best suited for his personnel because it enables playmakers to get the ball in space and neutralizes the speed that the defense possesses.
“The tempo really helps us, especially when we are playing a defense as athletic as Miami’s,” said quarterback Danny O’Brien, who completed 31 of 44 passes for 348 yards. “There are several in the ACC, and I think that playing at that tempo can really slow those guys down. We have a really experienced offensive line that can play at that speed.”
>> Edsall was impressed that he, Under Armour officials and athletic department officials managed to keep the unique state flag-designed uniforms under wraps in the weeks leading up to the Miami game.
The uniforms generated significant feedback from fans, players and professional athletes on Twitter, with LeBron James even chiming in with his own thumbs-down Twitter review.
“I guess we were the number one thing on Google,” Edsall said.
Maryland players said they loved the uniforms, which they first saw on a video earlier Monday in the team hotel. The room erupted when images of the jerseys appeared in the video. And Edsall said that the recruits who were at the Miami game “were in awe of the uniforms.”
“When people get a chance to look at why the uniforms were designed the way they were,” Edsall said, “it was about being prideful of the state, the [university] and of anyone who ever put on a Maryland uniform before us.”
>> Nick Ferrara made four field goals (24, 29, 28 and 32 yards), but missed a 23-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. Edsall said he did not consider going for it on fourth and two from the Miami 14 in the final two minutes of the game. Ferrara made the 32-yard field goal that proved to be the game-winner.
“Sometimes Nick is his own worst enemy where he starts to think too much,” Edsall said. “It was good to see him make that one and bounce back.”
>> The plan for Maryland players during the bye week is to practice Thursday, lift weights Friday and practice Saturday before entering game-week preparation for the Mountaineers. Edsall said he will make recruiting trips to Ohio on Wednesday, Maryland on Friday and Pennsylvania on Saturday morning. Assistants will also be on the road recruiting Friday.
>> Edsall declined to say where D.J. Adams, the running back who was suspended for the Miami game because of a violation of team rules, will be on the depth chart once practice resumes.
“We will see where it is when he gets out there,” Edsall said. “We will see what attitude and hunger he has.”
>> O’Brien, offensive back; defensive tackle Joe Vellano, co-defensive lineman; and cornerback Cameron Chism, defensive back, all earned ACC player of the week honors. Vellano recovered two fumbles, the second of which he returned 30 yards for a touchdown. Chism forced a fumble and returned an interception 54 yards for a touchdown.
The television network --- ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU --- for the Sept. 17 West Virginia game, which will kick off at noon, will be announced later in the week.