It hasn’t been a popular time to be a linebacker in College Park. Unfortunately for the Terps, the latest causality is Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil who will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoralis (chest muscle) after suffering the injury in Saturday’s game against Virginia.
Cudjoe-Virgil was having a very strong season as he tallied 18 tackles (eight solo), three sacks, and an interception. The former walk-on linebacker was a great pass rusher for Maryland and was one of the most intriguing stories of the season.
The junior linebacker spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career at Division II Seton Hill University (Pa.), a school that is just outside Pittsburgh. In his sophomore season at Seton Hill, the Trinidad native accumulated 44 tackles (29 solo) and had five sacks in 11 games. Before last season, Cudjoe-Virgil transferred to Maryland and ended up earning a scholarship after coming to College Park as a walk-on.
Obviously, Cudjoe-Virgil is a situational pass rusher and not an every down linebacker. However, he accepted his role on the defense and really thrived in it.
Freshman linebacker Yannick Ngakoue is listed as the backup WILL linebacker on the latest depth chart following Cudjoe-Virgil’s injury.