Maryland left guard Andrew Gonnella will miss the rest of the season after undergoing what coach Randy Edsall described as “a very serious knee operation” Saturday in Atlanta.
(EDIT: Maryland clarified Sunday night that Gonnella has a “a very serious knee injury” but has yet to undergo surgery).
Gonnella, who was injured in the fourth quarter of a 21-16 loss to Georgia Tech, is expected to return to Maryland Monday. While Edsall would not offer any extensive description of the injury, safety Eric Franklin said after the game that he was told bone broke through Gonnella’s skin.
The game was halted for nearly 15 minutes as an ambulance arrived on the field and personnel placed Gonnella on a stretcher.
Gonnella was making his 26th start, including his 18th consecutive. The former walk-on earned a scholarship before the 2009 season and was one of four captains for this year’s team.
Edsall did not name a replacement starter at left guard. However, Pete White finished the game at the position and Edsall said the sophomore “would probably be the No. 1 consideration at this point in time.”