When we last checked in with Maryland football after the spring game, there were a few lingering injury issues.
Joe Vellano had a foot injury. Keith Bowers missed most of the spring with heart palpitations. Tyrek Cheeseboro, Makinton Dorleant and Kenny Tate were coming off autumn knee surgeries. Devonte Campbell had a pending sports hernia surgery.
And now? Apparently, there aren’t many injury headaches looming nearly eight weeks before camp opens, especially among the two incumbent defensive line starters who were absent from the spring game.
“Keith is fine. Keith has been doing everything this summer,” coach Randy Edsall said before a Terrapin Club event in Columbia on Thursday. “Joe is doing good. They’ve weaned him off the boot. He’s been in the SwimEx doing his rehab work. He’s progressed really good. They’ve been pleased with what’s taken place. He’s right on schedule to where we think he needs to be at this point in time.”
As for everyone else?
“[Campbell’s surgery] went well,” Edsall said. “He’s progressed really well also. He’s doing everything the guys are doing. Kenny Tate’s out doing the workouts —- not 100 percent yet, but is getting there. He’s getting better. Same thing with Tyrek Cheeseboro and Makinton. All those guys are coming along.”
Plenty of problems helped turn Edsall’s first season into a 2-10 mess. Injuries, while hardly the only factor, certainly played a part.
Less than two months before camp begins and merely 79 days until the season opener, injuries aren’t an established obstacle for the coming season.
“Right now, they’re telling me we don’t anticipate any problems for those guys to be ready to go on Aug. 5 when they report,” Edsall said. “There will probably be some discussions that take place once they get here or even before they get here when we go back on Aug. 1 as coaches in terms of there might be some guys we hold to just one practice a day rather than two a day.”
—- Patrick Stevens