The Washington Times - September 14, 2008, 02:23PM

It was a tough day for football yesterday at Byrd Stadium – warm, muggy and there was a veritable track meet in progress for the athletic trainers.

It seemed like every other play, there was a sprint onto the field to attend to someone – Cory Jackson, Da’Rel Scott, Richard Taylor and Nolan Carroll all immediately spring to mind.

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One guy kept coming back for more. Well, two of them. After all, Jackson pretty much requires a badly damaged limb to keep him out of a game.

The other guy who always returned was Carroll, who had six tackles in the 35-27 defeat of California.

“I didn’t want to leave,” Carroll said. “I just want to play. That’s how I am. If I have one leg, I’m going to play. That’s just my mentality.”

There’s a lot for Ralph Friedgen to like about yesterday’s victory. Comments like that have to be near the top of the list.

Carroll (along with the now-injured Terrell Skinner) were high on my list of possible breakout players for Maryland during camp. Don’t be surprised if it comes true – even if it is only on one leg.

Patrick Stevens