The Terrapins are going to have to deal with yet another season-derailing injury in the secondary, as Dexter McDougle told Twitter on Monday morning that he will be having surgery on his shoulder. This confirms a previous report by the Baltimore Sun yesterday which stated the same thing. McDougle injured his shoulder during Maryland’s 32-21 victory over Connecticut last Saturday, a game in which he amassed two interceptions and played arguably the best game of his career.
The doctors have seen my ct scan and have decided to perform surgery today on my shoulder, tunnel vision from here
— Dexter McDougle (@Blasian_Kiddd) September 16, 2013
McDougle injured his shoulder returning an interception of Huskies quarterback Chandler Whitmer for 49 yards and a touchdown. McDougle was down on the ground for a few minutes and walked back to the locker room on his own behalf. McDougle finished the game with eight total tackles (seven solo) before bowing out.
To replace McDougle, the Terps Will Likely be relying on a combination of three players: Isaac Goins, William Likely, and Jarrett Ross. Goins, a transfer who played nine games last season for Maryland, has 12 tackles and one INT this season and is definitively the most experienced player of the group. Will Likely, a freshman from Belle Glade, Florida, has been phenomenal this season and is tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 16. Ross is a freshman, and has played mostly special teams this season.
Perhaps the most unfortunate aspect of this entire injury isn’t so much the depleted secondary, it’s that someone like Dexter McDougle probably won’t be playing another game in a Maryland jersey. Being a fifth year senior, he is ineligible for a medical waiver for next season, so if he’s out for the year, his college career is over. McDougle was poised for a massive year, and was on NFL radars as a player to watch. Now, he’s going to have to try harder than ever to prove his worth without a massive body of work to show off to scouts.
McDougle and Jeremiah Johnson (who is also out for six weeks), were supposed to spearhead the defensive efforts, and they appeared to do so. Now, Maryland is going to have to start looking elsewhere for production, and with a lot of youth in the secondary it could go from being the biggest strength to the biggest weakness in one week.