The Washington Times - November 5, 2012, 12:25PM

You might recall a couple years ago this post that, admittedly, didn’t exactly answer the question in its headline.

What it did provide was an easy-to-find list of all the games Maryland lost to injury since 2005. Which, unsurprisingly, is quite a bit.

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With linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield suffering a season-ending injury, it’s worth going back to look at whether this is a particularly ridiculous year by Maryland standards. It seems like it, what with all the quarterback injuries, but how about some numbers to back things up?

Here’s the annual rundown with a few things to note:

1. An asterisk indicates a starter or projected starter when healthy. There is some common sense involved (example: Only one of Isaiah Ross and Justin Anderson was going to start at defensive end in 2011, so only one of them counts), though I’ll allow that both C.J. Brown and Perry Hills were established starters at the time of their injuries this season.

2. For the purposes of 2012, anyone with an established season-ending injury has every remaining game included in the count, with the number in parentheses. If someone has yet to be deemed out for the season, only their games missed to date because of injuries are included.

3. This only includes players on scholarship.

4. Injured true freshmen are not included (i.e. treated as if they were going to redshirt anyway) unless they played at some point during the season.

5. I’m working off Maryland’s participation charts (there might be slight discrepancies in 2005-09, but I’m going straight off them for 2010-12).

2005 (67 games, 34 by projected starters)

Josh Allen* 11, Robert Armstrong 11, Erin Henderson* 11, Stephon Heyer* 11, Obi Egekeze 8, Garrick Clig 3, Matt Deese 3, Keon Lattimore 3, Tim Cesa 2, Drew Weatherly 2, D’Qwell Jackson* 1, Dre Moore 1

2006 (76, 16 by projected starters)

Deege Galt 13, Jermaine Lemons 13, Jamari McCollough 13, Drew Weatherly* 9, Anthony Wiseman 8, Omarr Savage 6, Tim Cesa* 5, J.P. Humber 5, Garrick Clig 1, Andrew Crummey* 1, Dane Randolph 1, Donnie Woods* 1

2007 (73, 31 by projected starters)

Alex Wujciak* 13, Rick Costa 7, Richard Taylor 7, Mack Frost 6, Morgan Green 6, Andrew Crummey* 5, Jaimie Thomas* 5, Chase Bullock 4, Danny Oquendo 4, Dan Gronkowski* 3, Travis Ivey 3, LaQuan Williams 3, Jordan Steffy* 2, Nolan Carroll 1, Erin Henderson* 1, Cory Jackson* 1, Keon Lattimore* 1, Da’Rel Scott 1

2008 (94, 21 by projected starters)

Tyler Bowen 13, Richard Taylor 10, Dominique Herald 9, Ben Pooler 9, LaQuan Williams 9, Jordan Steffy* 8, Kevin Barnes* 6, Joe Faiella 5, Matt Furstenburg 4, Travis Ivey 4, Nolan Carroll 3, Mack Frost* 3, Adrian Moten 3, Terrell Skinner* 2, Stephen St. John 2, Cameron Chism 1, Darrius Heyward-Bey* 1, Quintin McCree 1, Da’Rel Scott* 1

2009 (74, 34 by projected starters)

Tyler Bowen 10, Nolan Carroll* 10, Joe Vellano 6, Travis Baltz* 5, Bennett Fulper* 5, Caleb Porzel 5, Da’Rel Scott* 5, Bruce Campbell* 3, Isaiah Ross 3, Gary Douglas 2, Demetrius Hartsfield* 2, Masengo Kabongo 2, Tony Logan 2, Jamari McCollough* 2, Kenny Tate 2, Chris Turner* 2, Lamar Young 2, Kerry Boykins 1, Matt Furstenburg 1, Morgan Green 1, Carl Russell 1, Stephen St. John 1, Lansford Watson 1

2010 (112, 25 by projected starters)

Ben Pooler 13, C.J. Brown 11, Lansford Watson 11, Marcus Whitfield 11, Justin Gilbert* 10, Desmond Kearse 9, Dave Stinebaugh 8, Pete DeSouza* 7, Gary Douglas 7, Avery Graham 6, Devonte Campbell* 4, De’Onte Arnett 2, Nick Ferrara* 2, Emani Lee-Odai 2, Jamarr Robinson* 2, Taylor Watson 2, Will Yeatman 2, Darin Drakeford 1, Justin Lewis* 1, David Mackall 1.

2011 (103, 52 by projected starters)

Justin Anderson 12, David Stinebaugh 12, Isaiah Ross* 11, Matt Robinson* 9, Justin Gilbert 8, Kenneth Tate* 8, Andrew Gonnella* 7, Tyrek Cheeseboro 6, Avery Graham 6, Cody Blue 4, Darin Drakeford* 4, Demetrius Hartsfield* 3, Andre Monroe* 3, Kevin Dorsey* 2, Bennett Fulper* 2, Danny O’Brien* 2, Adrian Coxson 1, Jeremiah Johnson 1, Tony Logan 1, Alex Twine* 1.

2012 (98, 72 by projected starters including all games for season-ending injuries; 74/54 without factoring those lost games in yet)

C.J. Brown* (12), Nick Ferrara* (12), Andre Monroe* (12), Matt Robinson* 7, Kerry Boykins* 5, Devin Burns (5), Perry Hills* (5), Marcus Leak* (5), A.J. Hendy 4, Caleb Rowe (4), Demetrius Hartsfield* (3), Brandon Ross* 3, Kenneth Tate* 3, Justin Anderson 2, Keith Bowers 2, Sal Conaboy* 2, Bennett Fulper* 2, L.A Goree 2, Isaac Goins 2, De’Onte Arnett* 1, Wes Brown 1, Josh Cary 1, Tyler Cierski 1, Isaiah Ross 1, David Stinebaugh 1

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So what is there to conclude here?

Assuming that number of man-games lost goes up a little bit for guys who aren’t (necessarily) lost for the year – let’s say by another 10-12 over the next three weeks – then Maryland’s overall number of games lost to injury will be high. In fact, it will be its highest on a per-game basis over the eight years worth of data.

It also won’t be ridiculously higher than 2008, 2010 and 2011. So, yes, there are more injuries (or at least games lost to injury), but nothing overly out-of-whack just based on raw numbers for the full roster.

HOWEVER, Maryland has already lost 54 games for projected starters to injury through nine games. That’s more than last year, when 52 starter-games were lost. And it obliterates the next closest seasons (2005 and 2009) when just 34 starter-games were lost.

In short, most of the time injuries are spread over the full roster. This season, they’ve been concentrated on starters.

Here’s another look at that:

PCT. OF STARTERS IN MAN-GAMES LOST, MARYLAND 2005-2012

73.0: 2012 (54 of 74, through Nov. 3)
50.7:
2005 (34 of 67)
50.4: 2011 (52 of 103)
45.9: 2009 (34 of 74)
42.5: 2007 (31 of 73)
22.34: 2008 (21 of 94)
22.32: 2010 (25 of 112)
21.1: 2006 (16 of 76)

There’s the massive difference. Maryland had more than its share of injuries in 2010, but it essentially lost 17 of them at just one position (offensive tackle) and nothing for defensive starters. This year, almost nothing but starters have been lost – which is the biggest reason the fall has taken on an almost absurdist feel in College Park.

Patrick Stevens