First off, one final uniform update: Maryland’s new
red “Pride” uniforms will be unveiled at a kickoff event in Baltimore on Thursday night. Pictures will be posted after. Let’s get that out of the way. Until then, no more uniform questions.
Now, to other matters. Coach Randy Edsall held his weekly chat with reporters on Thursday afternoon and provided an update on injured cornerback Dexter McDougle.
McDougle underwent successful shoulder surgery on Monday, though Edsall said the following afternoon that doctors would explore a second surgery after reviewing the CT scan. According to Edsall, who spoke with doctors on Wednesday, that second surgery will not happen in the near future.
Edsall expects McDougle, the team leader with three interceptions, to be ready for pro day next spring. Due to scheduling conflicts, the NFL pushed back its 2014 draft until May 8-10, so Maryland may hold its pro day later than normal, giving McDougle extra time to rehabilitate his injured shoulder and prepare himself to impress the scouts.
Edsall declined to provide further injury updates. Wide receiver Nigel King is not expected to play against West Virginia, though a timetable for his return is unknown. The statuses of wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro, linebacker Alex Twine (oblique), wide receiver Daniel Adams, fullback Tyler Cierski and defensive lineman Zeke Riser remain up in the air.
>> Without King, Malcolm Culmer becomes the third wide receiver, earning his first career start with just one career catch. Culmer stepped in after King suffered a leg injury on Maryland’s second offensive play Saturday at Connecticut, so he isn’t exactly going in cold.
“Malcolm’s done a good job of blocking, knows his assignments really well,” Edsall said. “He’s a good route-runner, just very, very solid. He played well. He played well for that extended time that he had the other day, really for the first time. Again, he’s probably one of our better blockers of our wide receivers.
“I think he’s low maintenance, that’s what I would say. He’s a low-maintenance guy who just goes out and works. He’s not rah-rah-siss-boom-bah and all of that stuff. He’s very workmanlike when he goes out there, running all the time, getting lined up, doesn’t say much. But competes, he’s a tremendous competitor. He really loves competing.”
>> After Saturday’s game against West Virginia in Baltimore, Maryland will next return to M&T Bank Stadium in 2015 for a game against Penn State, the Big Ten announced earlier this summer. Edsall wants the Baltimore games to continue.
“This is me talking now, I’d like to,” he said. “If we had seven home games, if we had the luxury to have seven home games, I’d like to see that from a coaching standpoint. I have not had that discussion with [Athletic Director Kevin Anderson] or anybody else. That would be a preference for me.
“The venue, the recruiting, being up there. I like it here, too. But I think it can be an advantage for us.”
>> Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (the second-leading receiver in Maryland history) and and former Ravens defensive tackle Larry Webster (a four-year Terps letter-winner from 1988 to ’91) will be Saturday’s honorary captains at M&T Bank Stadium.