A few Football and Basketball updates for you.
First and foremost, the injury status of Andrew Gonnella: Obviously, he’s out for the year with a dislocated knee. It came to light yesterday that he developed a blood clot late Tuesday night and was admitted to the hospital. According to Coach Randy Edsall, Gonnella could be hospitalized a few more days.
Second, the injury report for Saturday’s game against Clemson was released today. Maryland could be without there three starting Linebackers.
- Out – DL Justin Anderson, OL Justin Gilbert, LB Demetrius Hartsfield, LB Garrett Lederman, DL Andre Monroe, LB Shaquan Virgil.
- Doubtful – LB Kenny Tate
- Questionable – LB Darin Drakeford
- Probable – WR Marcus Leak
With Hartsfield out, LB Lorne Goree is promoted to a starting position. Assuming Tate is out, Mario Rowson will step in for him. Finally, Alex Twine would replace Drakeford if he cannot go. Goree, Rowson and Twine are all Freshmen.
Still no update on who will be starting at QB for the Terps, Edsall is playing his cards close to the vest so as to not give Clemson any advantage. It’s a good strategy, in theory, but must be nerve-wracking for Terps fans.
Basketball media day was Wednesday, but aside from a few quotes here and there, what everyone wanted to know was the status of Ukrainian Freshman Alex Len. The answer is still unclear, but what is, is that after tomorrow Len can no longer practice with the team. The NCAA Clearinghouse has yet to rule on Len’s status, and has said that a decision is no where close.
What it does mean, Len is not able to participate in Maryland Madness tomorrow night at the Comcast Center. Seems like Len will face a similar situation to Turkish big man Enes Kanter who enrolled at Kentucky last season, before ultimately being ruled ineligible. Unlike Kanter, I doubt Len will be selected #3 overall in next year’s NBA draft.
It seems though that Coach Mark Turgeon is confident in what he sees in Ashton Pankey and James Padgett, at least to start.
Check back tomorrow for my weekend football preview. Follow me on twitter: @BrendanDarr1067