The Washington Times - September 7, 2012, 05:23PM

Maryland guard Pe’Shon Howard underwent right knee surgery Feb. 21 after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament.

At this point, he could be back to full strength by the time the Terrapins start practice.

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Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expressed optimism Friday that Howard, the Terps’ primary point guard last season when he wasn’t out with a broken foot or his knee injury, could be able to work full speed by mid-October.

“Pe’Shon’s doing fantastic,” Turgeon said. “He’s running, shooting, he’s even jumping on his leg with a knee brace. … The goal is Oct. 12, where he’s practicing full speed at that time. Barring any setbacks, I think we’re heading in that direction.”

Turgeon said Howard, who played at 205 pounds last year, is down to about 189 pounds now. The aim is for Howard to get back to 195 pounds.

Howard averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 14 games last year for Maryland, which went 17-15 in Turgeon’s first season with the program.

Patrick Stevens