Two minor changes on the latest Maryland depth chart reflects the injuries that beset the Terrapins against Connecticut on Saturday.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Malcolm Culmer slides into the first-string spot opposite Stefon Diggs and Deon Long. Nigel King suffered a leg injury on Maryland’s second offensive play from scrimmage last weekend, hobbling off the field and spending the rest of the game with crutches and an ice pack.
Coach Randy Edsall declined to specify King’s injury Sunday, but said it would not require surgery. The depth chart shakeup is an indication that the Terps do not expect King to play against West Virginia. The sophomore has caught three passes for 52 yards and a touchdown this season. Culmer caught his first career pass last week, a 26-yarder. He appeared against both Florida International and Old Dominion.
Freshman Taivon Jacobs becomes the second-stringer behind Culmer. The younger brother of slot receiver Levern Jacobs, he spent preseason recovering from ACL surgery lasts winter, but the 5-feet-9, 150-pound speedster has impressed in practices and apparently generated enough confidence from the coaching staff to consider burning his redshirt.
The only other shakeup comes at cornerback, where Dexter McDougle’s season-ending shoulder injury moves Will Likely into the second starting spot alongside Isaac Goins. As expected, freshman Jarrett Ross and sophomore Alvin Hill will be the backup corners against West Virginia this weekend.
Diggs is still listed ahead of Likely at both kick and punt returner, though Likely received the bulk of returns last weekend.
>> The latest non-conference injury report, still listing only players lost for the season, names just McDougle, Ty Tucker (knee), JaJuan Dulaney (knee) and MIlan Collins (ankle). McDougle is the only new addition.
>> All sorts of statistical tidbits in the game notes. Among the best:
Maryland is just one of three teams nationally with three games of 500 total yards this season. This marks the first time since 1987 the Terps have posted 100-yard rushers and 100-yard receivers in each of their first three games too.
The last time Maryland recorded at least two safeties in a season was 1985. Darius Kilgo and Marcus Whitfield forced them against Old Dominion and Connecticut, respectively.
Since 2009, the Terps lead the ACC with 18 non-offensive touchdowns.
Cole Farrand’s 12 tackles against Connecticut were a career high.