Sophomore wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro, expected to return to the field this week after missing four games for the Maryland football team, was hit by a bus early Tuesday morning and suffered a concussion, Coach Randy Edsall said.
A speedy gunner on special teams with one of college football’s best names, Cheeseboro was pedaling his bicycle north across campus to a 6:30 a.m. meeting at Gossett Team House. He approached the roundabout on Campus Drive, just as a bus pulled up from the east. According to a University of Maryland police spokesman, it “seemed like each person was letting the other go.” Then they both started together.
The bus wasn’t able to stop in time and Cheeseboro crashed into the drive-side window, shattering the glass. He tumbled off his bicycle, slid across the concrete and struck his head on the curb, but suffered no broken bones.
As teammates behind approached the scene, they quickly dialed 911, Edsall and trainer Wes Robinson. The College Park volunteer fire department responded to the scene and an ambulance took Cheeseboro to the hospital. According to Edsall, “everything checked out.”
This incident hearkens back three years, when offensive lineman Pete DeSouza fractured both his legs in an on-campus scooter accident after colliding with a vehicle just outside Cole Field House late at night. The injury, which required surgery, effectively ended DeSouza’s career, though he eventually found a role as a student coach for the Terps.
Compared with that, Cheeseboro emerged relatively unscathed, save the concussion — which Edsall said wasn’t serious enough to keep him out long, though Cheeseboro did miss time with a concussion last season, too — some left-side soreness and scratches.
“He’s lucky,” Edsall said. “He’s lucky. He’s a fortunate young man. I think sometimes with situations like that, being an athlete, being in that kind of condition that he was in, I think that helped. But he’s very lucky.”
Before suffering his concussion last season, Cheeseboro had developed into a valuable special teams asset for the Terps, flying down the sidelines on punt coverage and smothering opposing returners. He has never caught a collegiate pass, but before the accident was listed as a backup on the latest two-deep depth chart behind No. 3 wide receiver Malcolm Culmer.
“I’m hoping, again I don’t know this, but we’ll see how he is Sunday and Monday next week,” Edsall said. “But right now, like I said, other than the concussion, I mean he’s just sore. There’s no broken bones or anything along those lines.”
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