There was a serious sea of green as Maryland left the practice field this morning.
Apparently, the Terps’ equipment department ordered enough of the green jerseys used to denote injured players who are not permitted to have contact. After all, it seemed like there were a bunch.
To coach Ralph Friedgen‘s credit, he hasn’t complained about being undermanned. Because in reality, he might be down to about 57 scholarship players for the spring game on Saturday.
First some math. Maryland lost 21 scholarship seniors from last year’s roster plus Darrius Heyward-Bey, Josh Portis and Jeff Clement, but brought in five freshmen a semester early. That would put the Terps at 66 scholarship players for spring ball.
But consider that fullback Cory Jackson, linebacker Ben Pooler, cornerback Richard Taylor and linebacker Alex Wujciak all missed the entire spring while recuperating from knee surgeries. Wideout LaQuan Williams (foot) also sat out. That makes 61.
Nose tackle Dion Armstrong hasn’t practiced because of academics. Then Nolan Carroll (concussion), Travis Ivey (concussion) and Da’Rel Scott (knee) all got banged up in scrimmages. Down to 57.
That doesn’t even include nagging injuries to wideouts Kevin Dorsey and Ronnie Tyler —- both of whom rocked the green jerseys today. Dorsey’s shoulder was bothering him, while Tyler is still working his way back from offseason surgery.
Although Friedgen isn’t complaining, his team will be a bit limited. No wonder he was willing to admit things will be fairly vanilla —- as usual for this time of year —- when Saturday rolls around.
—- Patrick Stevens