Maryland WR Kerry Boykins likely out for the season


Kerry Boykins, shown last year against West Virginia. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Maryland senior wide receiver Kerry Boykins will miss another game with his hip/groin injury, and the rest of his season could be in jeopardy, Coach Randy Edsall said Thursday.

Boykins has four catches this season for 36 yards but nothing since the Connecticut game, was presented with three options by team doctors, according to Edsall. Two involved surgery, and the decision is up to Boykins. 

“I don’t think it looks good,” Edsall said about Boykins’s potential return this season. “I would doubt that we’d see him the rest of the year.” 

Edsall mentioned a potential labrum issue in Boykins’s hip, and said it’s been a lingering bother throughout the season. 

Save Boykins and the seven Terps currently out for the season — including four quarterbacks — Maryland has no players definitively out against for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. Offensive linemen Sal Conaboy and Bennett Fulper will likely play and should bolster the protection for true freshman quarterback Shawn Petty. Conaboy will “definitely” play, Edsall said, and things “look good for Bennett.” 

Given the nature of his quarterbacks’ injuries, which include three ACL tears and a Lisfranc injury, Edsall recently thought about spring practice, as far away as it might be. With Perry Hills and Devin Burns almost certainly sidelined until next summer, Edsall said the Terps would likely go with Ricardo Young and Dustin Dailey, both of whom are sitting out the season per NCAA transfer rules. Petty would fill in as necessary, and Edsall didn’t rule out the possibility of C.J. Brown returning on a pass-only basis. 

By far the highlight of Edsall’s Thursday availability, however, was his Halloween story. 

Edsall arrived home too late to greet trick-or-treaters on Wednesday night. His wife handled that duty. At one point, a group of youngsters crowded around the doorstep, picking Kit-Kats and Reese’s out of the basket. All except one.

A young boy, estimated by Edsall’s wife to be around 7 or 8 years old, lingered. He didn’t reach for the candy, instead standing still by the doorway, until at last he asked the burning question on everyone’s mind this week.

“How are they going to play a linebacker at quarterback?” 

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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