Moten update

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The game of Terrapin injury dominoes continues.

If Dave Philistin (shoulder) does not play next week at Virginia Tech, Maryland is going to need somebody to play at weak-side linebacker.

It could be Chase Bullock. Or it could be Adrian Moten, who practiced noncontact yesterday (and probably will today, too).

Moten is coming off wrist surgery to correct damage suffered while making an interception against Eastern Michigan.

“I’m trying to talk to [athletic trainer] Wes [Robinson] to see if we can get him to practice because we’re probably going to look at him at will just to see if Dave’s going to make it or not,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “We can always move him back to Sam.”

Even though he’s never started last year, a case could be made that Moten was the most valuable player on Maryland’s defense in 2007. He backed up at three linebacker positions, easing almost effortlessly from one spot to another.

But since Moten’s played almost entirely on the strong side this year, Friedgen worries it might not be so easy this time around – especially since his practice reps at other positions are limited.

“We moved him in there and he took to it very easily [last year],” Friedgen said. “We haven’t taught him any defenses yet and we’re running some different stuff.”

Patrick Stevens

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