McDougle had a career-best two interceptions in the Terrapins' 32-21 victory over the Huskies. He was injured when he bent low to make a tackle late in the game. Coach Randy Edsall said Sunday that McDougle will have surgery.
"Dexter was playing as good as he's played since I've been here," said Edsall, who went to Maryland from UConn after the 2010 season. "It's just sad that this happened to him."
McDougle, a senior, was the leader of the secondary and had started 27 consecutive games for the Terps. Maryland (3-0) has now lost both starting cornerbacks. Jeremiah Johnson broke a toe and is expected to be out another five weeks. Freshman Will Likely has started in place of Johnson; senior Isaac Goins will replace McDougle.