The Washington Times - September 22, 2011, 01:42PM

Maryland coach Randy Edsall anticipated junior linebacker Darin Drakeford returning from an ankle injury Saturday when the Terrapins meet Temple.

“Yeah, I do,” Edsall said. “He’s practiced both days this week. He’ll practice today. I feel very good that he’ll be ready to go.”


Drakeford started at weak-side linebacker in the season opener against Miami and had 14 tackles and a sack. He was carted off in the fourth quarter of that Labor Day game, but later returned to finish out the contest.

He then missed Saturday’s 37-31 loss to West Virginia. A team spokesman said shortly after kickoff Drakeford’s status for that game was “doubtful.”

In response to Drakeford’s absence, Maryland moved Demetrius Hartsfield to weak-side linebacker while redshirt freshman Lorne Goree made his first career start at middle linebacker.

—- Patrick Stevens