Monday, November 5, 2012
Terps lose leading tackler to ACL injury
By Heather Dinich
Maryland's string of season-ending ACL tears continued this past weekend when starting middle linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield suffered the same injury on a running play with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.
The school announced on Monday that Hartsfield will miss the rest of the season. Quarterbacks C.J. Brown, Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe also tore their ACLs this year.
“This is another tough loss for the program,” coach Randy Edsall said in a prepared statement. “Demetrius is a captain and has been a leader of this defense both on and off the field. I feel terrible for him because I know how much the game means to him. To have his senior year cut short is just disheartening. We will be here to support him through the rehab process and help him with his transition towards the next stage of his career.”
Hartsfield leads the team with 78 tackles this season. He has also totaled seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries. His 338 career stops rank 10th nationally among active players and 15th in school history.