The Washington Times - September 16, 2008, 02:31PM

The biggest addition to Maryland’s injury list (to be provided in full in the next entry) is probably tailback Da’Rel Scott.

The one that could hurt the most is defensive end Mack Frost.

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It’s most acknowledged that the Terrapins entered the season with an undersized defensive line. It also happened to be undermanned.

The unit has 13 scholarship players, but take out the true freshmen (A.J. Francis, Carl Russell and Joe Vellano) and the group falls to 10. Nose tackle Travis Ivey broke his foot early in camp, so the group falls to nine.

Take Frost out of the equation, and there’s only eight (though Francis could still play). And that means some shuffling.

Senior Dean Muhtadi played some at end in Saturday’s 35-27 defeat of California, and could see a lot more time there Saturday against Eastern Michigan.

“He played defensive end better than I thought he would,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “This is a different type of game. This will be more like Middle Tennessee. They’ll have a quarterback who can option, and that’s a concern. He played very well in this game.”

One sign of encouragement – the play of nose tackle Dion Armstrong. The redshirt freshman is the same guy Friedgen compared to a mule during camp because he could never tell which days the kid would want to work.

But Armstrong played well against Cal, and that is vital with the number of bodies dwindling on the line.

“If he can continue to play as he did Saturday, his reps will continue to increase,” Friedgen said. “It will be a real big plus for us, especially if we can get Ivey back.”

Ivey, by the way, is still on target to return for the Sept. 27 trip to Clemson.

Patrick Stevens