Maryland offensive lineman Bennett Fulper has been ruled out for Saturday’s Homecoming game against North Carolina State with turf toe, Coach Randy Edsall said Thursday. Josh Cary will likely start in his place.
Matt Robinson will also be sidelined for the third straight week with a groin injury, giving way for true freshman Anthony Nixon to start at safety for the third consecutive game. Nixon had an interception off a Kenneth Tate tipped pass in Maryland’s 27-20 win over Virginia last weekend, and has drawn rave reviews since stepping up in Robinson’s stead. According to Edsall, Robinson was able to run on the treadmill and perform change-of-direction work this week, an encouraging sign as he works his way back from another injury.
Other than the standard listings of C.J. Brown and Andre Monroe — both out with season-ending injuries — wide receiver Kerry Boykins (hip/groin) is the only other Maryland player definitively out for the N.C. State game.
Running back Wes Brown, who missed the Virginia game, practiced this week, but Edsall said he would be reevaluated during Thursday’s practice. His return would certainly bolster a Terps rushing attack that mustered negative yardage at Scott Stadium.
>> Scout team player of the week honors went to: Tight end Brian McMahon (offense), linebacker Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil (defense) and DeAngelo Gantt (special teams).
>> Thursday marks the three-year anniversary of the death of former Connecticut player Jasper Howard, whom Edsall coached. Howard’s family will be in attendance when the Terps host Florida State in early November.
>> Edsall and reporters got to talking about Homecoming tradition, mainly after Edsall explained that his preparations for this week’s game is no different, quipping, “There won’t be a dance after the game.” Turns out, Edsall reluctantly attended his high school Homecoming, only because he was a member of Homecoming court and wound up escorting the future queen. He did the gentlemanly thing, dancing a slow dance with her, then left, rather than, according to him, show off his non-existent dance moves.