The Washington Times - October 20, 2011, 01:18PM

One patient in the Maryland M*A*S*H unit is apparently ready to return.

Linebacker Darin Drakeford is expected to play when the Terrapins (2-4, 1-2 ACC) visit Florida State (3-3, 1-2) on Saturday. Drakeford has missed the last three games and four of the last five with an apparent ankle injury.

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Drakeford, who started at weak-side linebacker against Miami and Temple, has 17 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

Coach Randy Edsall said Drakeford was likely to play “as long as everything goes the way it should in practice” on Thursday and hinted Drakeford could be ready to start (presumably over Alex Twine).

“That’s something we’ll take a look at at practice,” Edsall said. “He’s in pretty good shape to be able to do that.”

Drakeford had 14 tackles in the season opener, but was carted off in the fourth quarter. He returned Sept. 24, but was again injured.

Twine is one of five freshmen who started on defense last week for Maryland as a result of injuries to several opening-week starters.

Patrick Stevens