The Washington Times - September 17, 2011, 07:19PM

Darin Drakeford couldn’t play Saturday after suffering an ankle injury against Miami.

That opened the door for Maryland freshman Lorne Goree to receive his first extended playing time.

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And the early reviews after his first career start?

“I think he was great,” safety Matt Robinson said. “He really stepped up and played just about as good as Drake. That’s what we expect when people take other peoples’ positions.”

A team spokesman said shortly after kickoff Drakeford, who had 14 tackles and a sack in the opener, was doubtful to play. He did not appear against the Mountaineers.

Goree finished with seven tackles, including a half-tackle for loss. He started at middle linebacker, with Demetrius Hartsfield shifting from the middle to the weak side in the 37-31 loss to the Mountaineers.

That was a tweak from the opener, which Drakeford briefly left in the fourth quarter. Maryland used Alex Twine as an emergency backup after Drakeford departed in that game.

This time, Goree – who is one of three scholarship linebackers who have been with the Terps since spring practice – wound up seeing a bump in playing time.

“Played well,” linebacker Kenny Tate said. “He was definitely around the ball. He was definitely an up-tempo guy and is going to give you his all. I had no worries about him going into this game.”

Patrick Stevens