Maryland barely got a win tonight at Byrd Stadium. It still suffered a pretty substantial loss.
Cornerback Nolan Carroll was lost for the season with what coach Ralph Friedgen called a broken tibia.
Carroll was injured in the middle of the fourth quarter. The cart that came onto the field to collect him went straight to an ambulance rather than the locker room —- so the dire diagnosis wasn’t a surprise.
Still, a season-ending injury for the senior is a blow both to him and Maryland’s secondary. No corner fit into the Terps’ new scheme as well as Carroll did, and now it’ll be on Cam Chism and Trenton Hughes to try to take on a bigger role.
It’ll also make it much more likely that true freshman Dexter McDougle plays this season —- perhaps as early as next week against Middle Tennessee. He was already practicing with the second-team before this.
We’ll hear more on Carroll tomorrow during Friedgen’s teleconference. There probably isn’t much more to say, but to be sure his loss will resonate far longer than tonight’s game will for the course of Maryland’s season.
—- Patrick Stevens