As Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle prepped for shoulder surgery on Monday afternoon, his college career over after a crushing injury last weekend, a bittersweet award arrived for the senior, highlighting the emotional dichotomy he delivered against Connecticut.
For the first time, McDougle was named ACC defensive back of the week, the conference announced on Monday. His two interceptions of Huskies quarterback Chandler Whitmer — including a 49-yard touchdown return — boosted the Terps to an 11-point road win. Minutes after he reached the end zone, McDougle was sitting on the ground after a low tackle jammed his shoulder, grimacing in pain. He walked off the field and never returned.
A three-year starter at Maryland, McDougle had doubled his career interception total this season from three to six, and his eight tackles against Connecticut ranked second on the team. He tweeted Monday that doctors decided to operate immediately, one day after Coach Randy Edsall announced his injury was season-ending.
Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield joined McDougle on the awards list, earning linebacker of the week honors. Through three games Whitfield is tied for first nationally with 4.5 sacks, including 3 against Connecticut that accounted for half of his six tackles. He is the first Maryland player with a three-sack game since Shawne Merriman on Nov. 2, 2002.