Da’Rel Scott looked pretty good yesterday.
But no one is about to pretend he will hold up to 26 carries every game. And that’s no knock on him; very few college backs are going to carry the ball that much. He even has an infection from a laceration on his leg caused when someone stepped on him in practice last week that is creasting some concern.
Sure, Davin Meggett will gradually help lighten the load a little more, but Maryland needs someone else to be in the mix in some way or another. And his name is Morgan Green.
Of course, Green has been nursing a quadriceps injury for about four weeks now. But Ralph Friedgen let slip he might be ready to come back, perhaps this week.
“I’m hoping Morgan Green will be back,” Friedgen said. “Some of our coache said he’d be back tomorrow. We’ll see. We could use another guy – even in practice to take a load off Da’Rel. He gets worn out and we have to be careful of that.”
It’s not exactly a vote of confidence that the first thing a coach thinks about when a player is returning from injury is using him to take practice snaps.
But Green can still help the Terps if he’s available – and he might just have to if either Scott or Meggett is forced out because of injury. The sooner Green returns, the more sound the Terps’ backfield becomes.
And with instability at quarterback, the last thing Friedgen needs is to be assured headaches at tailback as well.