Sophomore safety Matt Robinson will undergo shoulder surgery and be lost for the season.
Robinson started the first three games and had a team-high 36 tackles. Coach Randy Edsall said Robinson would be able to get a hardship waiver. The NCAA (via bylaw 14.2.4) permits players to have a year of eligibility restored if they are injured in the first half of a season and participate in less than 30 percent of a team’s games.
Robinson will play in 25 percent of Maryland’s contests.
“He’s a tough kid,” Edsall said. “He’s the kind of guy I like. He went out yesterday, was hurt and wanted to play. He’ll be missed. The good thing is we’ll still have him for three more years. I need to find more Matt Robinsons. The game’s important to him.”
The Terps are also likely to be without two other defensive starters on Saturday against Towson. Both linebacker Darin Drakeford and defensive tackle Andre Monroe left Saturday’s loss to Temple with sprained ankles.
“I would think those two guys wouldn’t be available this week as we speak today,” Edsall said.
Edsall said Maurice Hampton would start in favor of Monroe. The replacement for Robinson is less certain; Austin Walker is listed as his backup, but Edsall said a determination on who would start at safety would be made while game planning.