Maryland will be without defensive end Joe Vellano (foot) and linebacker Darin Drakeford (academics) for the rest of spring practice, temporary erosion for a roster that is light on numbers before its freshman class arrives in a few months.
Are the issues —- Vellano’s injury isn’t expected to shelve him more than six weeks —- a major concern? Apparently not.
“I don’t worry about that in the spring,” coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday. “If I’m any of those guys that are out there, I don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but if I was a No. 2 I would love to see my opportunity come because now I can do more and show more. You’re not looking to have your product on April 21.”
Maryland’s injury issues aren’t limited to defense. Senior wideout Kerry Boykins suffered a concussion last week and might not return in the final two weeks of spring practice.
“I don’t know,” Edsall said. “He really didn’t get hit, he kind of fell is what happened. I’m not too optimistic he’ll be back before then. There’s no sense to take a chance or rush him. If the trainers tell me he’s good to go, he’s good to go. It might be one of those things where we might not let him go. This way, I can see more of [freshman] Levern [Jacobs] and the other guys.”
—- Patrick Stevens