The Maryland Terrapins received a crushing blow during Saturday’s 34-10 loss against Wake not once, not twice, but three times. In the second quarter, Deon Long was carted off the field and taken to the hospital in an ambulance after a Wake Forest defender landed on his leg during a Brandon Ross run. The result of that injury? A broken fibula and tibia; out for the season.
As if things couldn’t get worse, Maryland’s biggest leader and best player Stefon Diggs was also carted off the field late in the game. How did it happen? In the exact same manner as Deon Long; a Wake Forest player rolled over his leg, this one happened on a slant across the middle. Broken fibula; out of the season.
Of course, you can’t overlook the fact that Maryland’s leading rusher and starting running back sophomore Brandon Ross was also taken out of the game. After taking a big hit in the backfield, Ross was slow to get up and even more wobbly afterward. From that point on, Jacquille Veii and Albert Reid received the rest of the carries as Ross recovered on the sideline. His status is uncertain, and Edsall will eventually address that one.
That makes for 11 starters this season that are officially out with injuries, and three backups to add onto that pile. The injury bug for Maryland couldn’t come at a worse time, as Maryland hosts (now) top ten ranked Clemson next weekend. Any hopes of an upset are highly, highly unlikely with the injuries that have savagely beaten this team down. A next man up mentality only goes so far.
At this point, it feels like that mentality is upsetting the football Gods.
The Terps are going to be hard pressed to find anywhere near the same production levels as Stefon Diggs (who leads the team in yards) and Deon Long (who leads the team in receptions). The fourth quarter put that fact on full display. It remains to be seen what the injury list looks like in full, but you can count on in not being good.
We’ll fill you in with more as we get it.