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Maryland senior cornerback Dexter McDougle will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a shoulder injury in Saturday night's victory over Connecticut, coach Randy Edsall announced on a media conference call Sunday.
In addition to missing the season, the injury also marks the end of McDougle's career with the Terrapins, as he is a fifth-year senior who already redshirted during his freshman season.
In order to apply for a medical redshirt from the NCAA and attain a sixth year of eligibility, a player must miss two full seasons due to injury.
McDougle will undergo a CT scan on Monday. Those results will dictate when he will undergo surgery to repair the injury. That will take place either this week or next, Edsall said.
"He’s a little bit sore and has some pain. He was in this morning and we talked," Edsall said on the conference call. "He's disappointed, but for the most part he’s ok. He’s going on all the trips for us. We want to keep him involved and support him in any way that we can."
McDougle was arguably the team's defensive MVP through three games, tallying three interceptions in the first three contests. On Saturday night, he had two interceptions including a defensive touchdown to seal the victory.
"He might have had his best game as a Terp on Saturday," Edsall said on Sunday. "He put us in a position where we went up 14. We were struggling to get that two score lead, that two touchdown lead.
"The one thing we talk about is playing every play like it’s the last play you’re playing."
McDougle will stay around the team, Edsall said, traveling and continuing to analyze film and attend meetings.
His injury comes one week after Maryland found out that fellow cornerback Jeremiah Johnson would miss 7-8 weeks with a broken toe.
This now leaves the Terps with their two best corners out for the foreseeable future in a unit that Edsall was most confident in coming out of training camp.
In McDougle's place will be freshman Will Likely, who won a defensive game ball against Old Dominion in Week 2 and was solid again on Saturday night.
He will share time with Alvin Hill and another freshman, Jarrett Ross.
"In this game, you’re going to have injuries and you just hope that you don’t have too many of them," Edsall said in closing.
Maryland faces West Virginia on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.