Locksley said he expects Harrison to miss the remainder of the season. The injury forced Harrison to leave the Terrapins’ 59-0 loss to Penn State on Friday.
“I can’t even start to explain how bad it hurts to be taken away from something your heart desires,” Harrison wrote on Instagram. “However, I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, good or bad. So as much as my mind is racing at the moment, I know it will work out in my favor.”
Harrison, a DeMatha Catholic High product, rushed for 70 yards on seven carries this season. He played in the first two games last season before missing the remainder of the year because of injuries. He first sat out with a hamstring strain and then because of a knee injury that required surgery to repair damage. At the time, Harrison’s father described the procedure as a “cleanup” surgery and said there was no damage to his son’s ACL or MCL.
Harrison had standout freshman and sophomore seasons at Maryland. He rushed for 633 yards during his first year with the program, despite a four-game suspension for his alleged involvement in a BB gun incident on campus. (Those charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence.) As a sophomore, Harrison played in every game and rushed for 622 yards on 137 carries. He was the team’s second-leading rusher both years but has struggled with injuries since.
Friday’s loss was the second straight game in which Maryland lost a running back to a knee injury. Jake Funk tore his left ACL in the Terrapins’ previous game against Temple. Funk tore the same ACL late last season after dealing with a wrist injury that kept him out for two months.
Harrison and Funk are Maryland’s fourth and fifth options at the running back position, but Funk also had a key role on special teams. Harrison was expected to help fill that void.
Multiple Maryland players have suffered knee injuries since the spring. Defense back Antwaine Richardson, wide receiver Jeshaun Jones, linebacker Durell Nchami and Funk are all out for the 2019 season with torn ACLs. Offensive lineman Terrance Davis is currently out with a sprained MCL but should be back in a few weeks.
Other Maryland football notes:
- Receiver DJ Turner, who was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Sept. 20, will not play against Rutgers, Locksley said. Turner was also held out of the game against Penn State.
- Offensive lineman Marcus Minor (dislocated toe) and defensive back Marcus Lewis (knee) both left the Penn State game with injuries. They will be game-time decisions against Rutgers, Locksley said.