ATLANTA —- Maryland offensive guard Andrew Gonnella was transported by ambulance to Grady Medical Center after suffering an apparent knee injury in Saturday’s 21-16 loss to Georgia Tech.
Coach Randy Edsall offered no other details on Gonnella’s status.
“If he can’t come back, he’s going to be sorely missed,” Edsall said. “He’s been a great leader for us, and just a guy who loves the game of football. … Now we have to take a piece of him and go out there and play for him as well.”
Gonnella was injured in the fourth quarter, and a delay of nearly 15 minutes ensued as a cart and later an ambulance came onto the field. Players from both teams prayed as Gonnella remained in the ground.
Pete White replaced him at left guard.
“There’s not words that describe what he brings to the team,” quarterback C.J. Brown said. “He’s our leader. He’s our captain, so yeah, it was tough to see him go down like that in pain.”
Gonnella is tied for for second on the roster in career starts with 26.
“I didn’t see what happened, but I heard people saying there was bone sticking out,” safety Eric Franklin said. “We just have to keep him on our prayers and hope for a speedy recovery.”
—- Patrick Stevens