The Washington Times - August 27, 2011, 01:47PM

It was a welcome development for Maryland when it was learned Pete DeSouza was cleared for full-contact entering preseason camp.

DeSouza suffered multiple fractures in both legs in October in a motor scooter accident, and underwent extensive surgery to have rods inserted to help heal the damage.

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Edsall said earlier this month DeSouza still had “a long way to go.” And so it seems the sophomore, who started three games last year, is unlikely to see the field this year.

“I don’t think that would happen this year,” Edsall said Saturday. “I just think Pete has a long way to go. I don’t see that taking place this year.”

It appears Maryland will go with Max Garcia and R.J. Dill as its starting tackles, with the almost entirely inexperienced Cody Blue, Nick Klemm and Jake Wheeler as the backups – at least until Justin Gilbert returns from ACL surgery. Gilbert, who opened last year as a starter, is not expected back until October.

Patrick Stevens