Terps fail to capitalize against Clemson
COLLEGE PARK--Maryland has more experience than it would probably like to have when it comes to starting its players out of position the past two seasons.
A.J. Hendy has moved from safety to cornerback at times because of injuries to starters Dexter McDougle and Jeremiah Johnson. Will Likely has had to take on full-time kick and punt return duties after Stefon Diggs broke his leg against Wake Forest.
And, oh yeah, a string of season-ending injuries at quarterback forced true freshman linebacker Shawn Petty to start under center as Maryland limped to the finish line over its final four games last season.
Injuries forced coach Randy Edsall’s hand again on Saturday against Clemson, when he had only five available wide receivers after injuries to Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, Tyrek Cheeseboro, and DeAndre Lane.
That left him and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley with a new deck of cards to shuffle: Levern Jacobs, Malcolm Culmer, Nigel King, Amba Etta-Tawo, Daniel Adams, and the wild card in all of this, backup quarterback Ricardo Young.
“It was quite a Sunday around here last weekend,” Edsall said after Saturday’s loss to Clemson, referring to the injury-plagued day that followed the team’s Week 8 loss to Wake Forest. “We used Ricardo at receiver...this week a lot just because we were short. We didn’t have a guy to put in there.
“What we tried to do during the week was sit down and how we can get people in positions to give us the best opportunity to win and we did.”
Young was only on the field for three plays and was not targeted on any passes, but was involved mostly on blocking schemes when Maryland ran the ball.
“We had some things where if he had to go in, there were certain plays he could have run,” Edsall said. “We just felt we knew we had to run the ball to use some of the things with the wildcat to put him in there.”
With a bye week coming up, it gives the Terrapins an opportunity to heal. We will not know the short-term injury report for another eight days, until the Thursday before Maryland takes on Syracuse in College Park on Nov. 9.
Lane missed Saturday’s game because of a concussion and Cheeseboro remains out with a concussion after being involved in a bus accident earlier this month. Diggs and Long are lost for the year with broken legs.
Edsall declined to speculate on Sunday who would be available against Syracuse after the bye week.