Final Home Game for Seniors Closes In
Nov. 3, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland will look to send its senior class out with a victory Saturday when the Virginia Cavaliers visit Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The Terps (2-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who held their final practice of the week Thursday, hope to regain the services of a number of injured players for their final home games of the season.
"Kevin Dorsey will start [at wide receiver]," Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said on his Thursday conference call with reporters. "He has looked good in practice. Justin Gilbert will get some playing time this week as well, as will [Darin Drakeford] and [Demetrius Hartsfield]. It's good to have some of these guys back."
Drakeford returned from injury last week, but Dorsey has missed the last two games and Hartsfield the previous three.
Despite the time on the sidelines, Dorsey still leads the team in receptions (29) and Hartsfield is third on the team in tackles (51).
Gilbert, meanwhile, hasn't played since the third game of last season. He was the starter at left tackle in 2010, but is listed as the No. 2 left guard on this week's depth chart.
As far as the two-deep goes, Edsall announced changes on Thursday due to the suspension of defensive lineman David Mackall.
Marcus Whitfield, who started for Mackall in last week's Boston College game, is now first on the depth chart at one defensive end position. Whitfield will be backed up by Alvin Thomas, while Ian Evans moves to No. 2 on the depth chart behind Keith Bowers.
Edsall said Mackall will not return to the field this season.
"He is suspended indefinitely," Edsall said. "Indefinitely could be a long time. When there is a need to talk about anything else in regards to that situation, I will."
Either could start against the Cavaliers.
"Those guys are competing and working," Edsall said of the two quarterbacks. "It's nice, it's healthy, and it's guys just trying to be the best they can be. The good thing is, I'm just thankful we have two guys like that and two guys I feel can win ball games for us. We can play one or we can play both. Those are the things we're deciding each week."
Saturday's game is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 p.m. and tickets are available for as low as $30. There are also Family Four-Packs available for $72.
The game will be broadcast regionally on The ACC Network. Locally, the game can be viewed on WJZ-TV (Channel 13) in Baltimore and WTTG-TV (FOX 5) in Washington, D.C.
The game can also be heard over the Terrapin Sports Radio Network (TSRN) which includes ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C. and 105.7 FM in Baltimore.
Senior Day: Saturday's game will serve as the final home appearance for 15 seniors: DB Cameron Chism, LS Tim Downs, WR Webb Dulin, OL Andrew Gonnella, DB Anthony Green, DL Maurice Hampton, RB Desmond Haynes, DB Trenton Hughes, WR/PR Tony Logan, WR Quintin McCree, RB Davin Meggett, DB Daniel Thomas, LB Kenny Tate, WR Ronnie Tyler and DB Austin Walker. Tate, who had season-ending surgery last week, hopes to return next year on a medical redshirt. In addition, LB Shaquan Virgil, a fourth-year junior, will take part in the pregame ceremony which is scheduled to begin at 12:08 p.m.
Canned Food Drive: There will be a canned food drive at Saturday's game. Fans are encouraged to bring any canned food items to the game. Bins will be set up at each gate. Donations will support the Capital Area Food Bank. Gates open at 11 a.m.
Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall announces the scout team players of the week. This week's honorees are offensive lineman Nate Clarke (offense), linebacker Shaquan Virgil (defense) and defensive back Makinton Dorleant (special teams).
Honorary Captains: Three former Terps - Kevin Barnes (2005-08), Louis Carter (1972-74) and Scott McBrien (2002-03) - will serve as honorary captains for Saturday's game.
Inside Maryland Football: The eight edition of Inside Maryland Football will air at 11 a.m. Saturday on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. The 30-minute coaches show goes behind the-scenes with the team. The first seven shows are available on Terps TV Premium. The show airs each Saturday during the regular season until Dec. 3 (there was no show on Sept. 17 due to a bye the previous Saturday).
Injury Report vs. Virginia: Out for the Season: WR Tyrek Cheeseboro, DB Makinton Dorleant, OL Andrew Gonnella, DB Avery Graham, LB Garrett Lederman, DB Matt Robinson, DL Isaiah Ross, TE Dave Stinebaugh, LB Kenny Tate; Out for the Game: DL Cody Blue; Doubtful: DL Justin Anderson; Questionable: DL Clarence Murphy.