No real Scott, Philistin update

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The juggling continues here in Atlanta, shifting from basketball to football and back throughout the day.

Ralph Friedgen had his Sunday teleconference less than an hour ago, and not surprisingly didn’t have much of an update on either Da’Rel Scott or Dave Philistin.

Scott remains sore after re-injuring his left shoulder and Friedgen said “I’m concerned he might be back to where he was.” Ruh-roh. Scott probably had his best game of the season on Saturday, running for 163 yards against N.C. State. It wasn’t as electric as when he approached 200 yards against Delaware, but aggravating an ailment that cost him a game is not a good development for the Terps.

Purely speculative here, but it would be no surprise to hear he is officially questionable heading into the Nov. 6 game against Virginia Tech. No doubt the semi-bye week – with a dozen days between games rather than seven – will help.

Friedgen also said Philistin will undergo an MRI exam on his injured shoulder tomorrow. Ralph left a pretty wide range available, saying it could be a bruise or rotator cuff damage. Those are very, very different injuries, and if it is the latter it would make Adrian Moten’s possible return all the more important.

Moten, who missed the last three games after wrist surgery, could slide into Philistin’s weak-side linebacker spot if he returns against Virginia Tech. Or Chase Bullock, who played most of the game Saturday, could start for the first time since the opener. Either way, it would not be a shock to see Moten moved around a lot – much like last year – to avoid burning Demetrius Hartsfield’s redshirt.

OK, back to basketball work. I should have a bit more once I get to the airport later this evening.

Patrick Stevens

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