The Washington Times - September 9, 2012, 04:29PM

Notable nuggets from a brief (read: five question) Sunday teleconference with Maryland coach Randy Edsall



Guard Josh Cary made the trip to Temple for Saturday’s 36-27 defeat of the Owls as only an emergency option.

The junior, who missed the first two games with a knee injury, is expected to return to the depth chart this week. He was set to compete with De’Onte Arnett for the starting right guard position before his August injury.

“I think De’Onte’s been OK and been doing well,” Edsall said. “Josh was practicing last week on the scout team. He was cleared to play. I had him dressed from an emergency standpoint and I would probably say Josh will be in the two-deep thus week. We’ll take a look at him tonight and see where he is. I’m really pleased with De’Onte. I don’t think our starting five will change up front.”


Edsall agreed with an estimate that defensive end Keith Bowers played roughly 15 to 20 plays in his return from a knee injury.

Bowers, a sophomore who started 11 games a season ago, missed the opener against William & Mary.

“I thought Keith helped us,” Edsall said. “It was good to have him back out there. He plays with such high energy and a good motor. We were able to spell A.J. [Francis], and A.J. could spell Darius [Kilgo] as the nose tackle. It’s good to have Keith back out there. We got good work out of him.”


Edsall deflected a question about fullback Tyler Cierski, who left Saturday’s game with an undisclosed injury.

“He’s doing good,” Edsall said. “We just had a team meeting. We’ll just see how everything goes this week.”

For those interested in reading the tealeaves, the release of the depth chart Monday will provide the next clue about Cierski’s availability. More than likely, an update on the fullback probably won’t come until Thursday afternoon.


Edsall awarded game balls to center Sal Conaboy (offense), linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield (defense) and defensive lineman A.J. Francis (special teams).

Hartsfield accounted for a sack and two turnovers while Francis blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter.

—- Patrick Stevens