- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 7, 2007

Coach Ralph Friedgen didn’t hesitate to describe Maryland’s 28-26 victory over Georgia Tech yesterday as “fortunate.”

But not everything about the day turned out to favor the Terrapins.

Right guard Andrew Crummey was carted off after he broke his fibula with 12:39 left in the second quarter and will likely be lost for the season, one of several injuries the Terps (4-2, 1-1 ACC) suffered.

“I feel bad for Andrew because he was having a great year,” Friedgen said. “I think he’s an All-ACC player. It’s just unfortunate for him because he’s a senior and means a lot to our football team. He’s just a wonderful kid. To have your college career end this way is a sad thing.”

Linebacker Rick Costa lasted less than a quarter in his first career start before suffering a neck injury. The junior was airlifted to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. A school spokesman said last night Costa suffered no major injury, had been released from the hospital and would be in a neck brace for the next few days.

Reserve defensive tackle Travis Ivey also left with an undisclosed knee injury, and linebacker Erin Henderson (knee) and quarterback Jordan Steffy (concussion) did not dress.

However, it is Crummey’s injury that will reverberate for some time. The Terps knew back in the spring they would be strapped on the offensive line, and a serious injury would probably force a player unready for significant snaps into action.

Phil Costa, a reserve center and guard, slid into Crummey’s spot and played the rest of the game. The Terps’ other regular offensive line reserve, junior Jack Griffin, also could fill in with Crummey out.

“For something like that to happen, I know it’s tragic for him,” left guard Jaimie Thomas said. “He’s a competitor and he wants to be out there playing with us. For him to have to sit on the sidelines and watch for the rest of the season is not going to be something he wants to do. Hopefully, we can have him back if we get to a bowl game.”

To get there, Maryland will need to find some way to keep its offensive line sutured together. Besides Costa and Griffin, the line’s backups on the three-deep consist of walk-ons (Paul Pinegar, Danny Edwards and Matthew Harraka) and true freshmen (Bruce Campbell and Tyler Bowen).

“We only had seven to start with. Now we have six,” Friedgen said. “[Left tackle Scott] Burley’s playing with a bad elbow and played the whole game. We’re just really, really thin right now. I don’t know what the solution is. Some guy has to get real good, real soon or we’re going to struggle.”


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