The Washington Times - September 30, 2008, 02:47PM

There’s a case to be made – not necessarily a completely convincing one, but it can be made – that Adrian Moten is one of the three or four most valuable players on Maryland’s defense.

he can play multiple positions, works well in coverage and as a pass rusher and even is valuable on special teams.

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But after undergoing surgery yesterday, he’ll be out 4-5 weeks – enough to miss all of October, but perhaps being back in time for Maryland’s game against Virginia Tech on Nov. 6.

“The doctors told me we had a window that would could wait ‘til we operated,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “I decided to go ahead and operate on it sooner so that hopefully we can get him back. They were originally telling me four-to-five weeks. The fact we had a couple open dates kind of helped.”

This would definitely be a case of luck and good decision-making coming together. The Terps squeezed a good game out of the sophomore on Saturday – he had a typically heady play when he pounced on a wayward lateral in the first half – and will now make do with Antwine Perez as the backup to Moise Fokou.

“The tough part about it for Adrian is that I think his last two games have been his best games,” Friedgen said. “He was starting to come on and play well. We’re going to miss him. Not only is he a good outside backer for us, but he’s also a good pass rusher and played very well in the second half and gave us some good pass rushes. Hopefully we can get him back as soon as possible.”

Patrick Stevens