Sunday, October 4, 2009
Terps could lose two injured starters on offense
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich
Maryland starting left tackle Bruce Campbell will have an MRI on his left knee on Monday morning to see if he tore his MCL in Saturday’s 24-21 win over Clemson, and leading rusher Da’Rel Scott could return from a broken left wrist in time for a Nov. 21 road trip, coach Ralph Friedgen said on his Sunday teleconference.
Campbell, who had missed the past two games because of a foot injury, is arguably the Terps’ top offensive lineman, but he hasn’t had much of a chance to show it this year. At the very least, he’s expected to miss Saturday’s road trip to Wake Forest. Monday’s MRI will determine how long he’ll be out, and it could be for the entire season. That’s a big loss for a unit that returned just 26 career starts this year. Campbell was just one of two returning starters from a year ago along with center Phil Costa.
“If it’s torn that’s not good,” said Friedgen, whose team surprised Clemson after a 1-3 start. “If it’s stretched, there’s a chance he could come back. I’m kind of hoping and praying for the best because we really need him. It really thins us out on the offensive line if we don’t have him.”
The Terps have more depth at running back, where Davin Meggett, Morgan Green, Gary Douglas and D.J. Adams are all options. Scott’s original prognosis was that he was likely lost for the rest of the season, and he’ll have to have a plate put into his arm, but Friedgen said Scott -- a 1,000-yard rusher a year ago -- could return in time for the trip to Tallahassee.
“It looks like he landed on it when he got tackled,” Friedgen said. “You could see him grab it right away. He probably knew what happened right away. … It was pretty apparent that he had broken his wrist even before they took him in for X-Ray.”
“Obviously losing Da’Rel was a tough thing for us, but we’re in a position where we do have a lot of running backs. Someone else is going to have step up. … It is what it is. We’re just going to have to make the best of it. I think we have good talent. All of those kids are good players, it’s just they haven’t had a lot of playing time.”
Scott leads the Terps with 297 yards and three touchdowns on 52 carries.