Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Wednesday he does not expect sophomore safety A.J. Hendy to play on defense in Saturday’s game against Wake Forest.
File this one in the “Absolutely-No-Surprise-At-All” Dept. – and not just because Hendy has not appeared in a game this season after suffering an ankle injury during a preseason scrimmage.
Maryland typically does not rotate its safeties, meaning Eric Franklin and Matt Robinson probably won’t leave the field barring injury. If and when Maryland goes to a nickel package, it would probably use cornerback Isaac Goins (who played for much of the Sept. 22 loss to West Virginia) as its fifth defensive back.
But here’s Edsall’s explanation about Hendy, who is listed as a co-No. 2 at safety with Sean Davis:
“I don’t know if I see him playing in the secondary at all this week,” Edsall said. “He’s behind Matt Robinson and Eric Franklin … As long as Matt and Eric are healthy, I don’t really see any other safeties in there playing.”
In other words, if Hendy does make his season debut this week, it will likely be on a special teams unit.