Maryland wide receiver Kerry Boykins (hamstring) and defensive end Keith Bowers (calf) will both miss Saturday’s game at West Virginia with injuries.
Freshman Stefon Diggs will start in place of Boykins at wide receiver. Levern Jacobs, a freshman who has only played on special teams to date, will provided added depth at wideout for the Terrapins (2-1). Nigel King and Tyrek Cheeseboro could also see their first extensive time at receiver this season.
“We have Nigel, we have Cheese and then Levern Jacobs will step up,” Edsall said. “Levern will end up taking Kerry’s number in terms of receivers possibly getting in the rotation. We’ll take a look at how we want to utilize three wide receivers or four wide receivers or whatever we want to do from that standpoint. Levern got a battlefield promotion yesterday.”
Boykins has four receptions for 36 yards, and was targeted six times (including on the final play) of last week’s 24-21 loss to Connecticut.
Bowers has two tackles in two games and is shelved after missing the opener with a knee injury.
Either Justin Anderson or Isaiah Ross will take Bowers’ place in the defensive end rotation.
Kicker Nick Ferrara (hip) remains out, and could remain sidelined for some time.
“Nick hasn’t really done anything,” Edsall said. “He’s going to be in New York tomorrow visiting with the doctor who performed the surgery in his hip. He’ll visit with him and talk with him and do an MRI and take a look at things and we’ll know a little bit more after that.”
Meanwhile, fullback Tyler Cierski (concussion) is expected to play after missing one game.
“He’s been good so he’s ready to go …,” Edsall said. “He practiced well this week.”
—- Patrick Stevens