Already down four quarterbacks to season-ending injuries, Maryland will visit No. 10 Clemson on Saturday without its top running back and wide receiver.
The Terrapins declared freshmen Wes Brown and Stefon Diggs out for this week because of ankle injuries suffered in last week’s 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech.
Maryland (4-5, 2-3 ACC) will be without its top passer (Perry Hills), rusher (Brown), receiver (Diggs) and tackler (Demetrius Hartsfield) against the Tigers (8-1, 5-1). Hills was lost for the season last month with an ACL tear; Hartsfield suffered the same injury last week.
Diggs is about as significant a loss as the Terps can take at this stage of their injury-riddled season. He has 43 catches for 721 yards and his six receiving touchdowns account for half of the team’s total.
With freshman Kerry Boykins (hip), Tyrek Cheeseboro (concussion) and Marcus Leak (broken toe) also out, Maryland has three scholarship receivers available who are in the midst of likely redshirt years: Senior Kevin Dorsey and freshmen Levern Jacobs and Nigel King.
Brown, like Diggs a true freshman, has 90 carries for 382 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Brandon Ross is likely to start in Brown’s place.
Ross is also expected to handle Diggs’ kickoff return duties, while Dexter McDougle is Maryland’s top punt returner behind Diggs.