Terps' Rosen out for season, to apply for medical redshirt

October 08, 1991|By Mike Preston

Senior Maryland cornerback Scott Rosen, a tri-captain and three-year starter, will not play the remainder of the season and will apply to the NCAA for a medical redshirt.

Rosen, 5 feet 11, 188 pounds, was admitted yesterday to Washington's Sibley Hospital, where he was placed in traction.

Doctors plan to run several tests on Rosen, who has a hematoma above the hamstring and an aneurysm below it. Also, his back is sore.

The traction is intended to elevate the injured leg and speed the healing process. Rosen, who injured the hamstring in preseason, played against Virginia in the opener, but has been out the past three games.

He said he plans to begin withdrawing from classes tomorrow.

"I'm having problems walking, and I can't sit real long in class because of the hematoma," Rosen said. "The doctors suggest rest, so I'm headed back home to Philadelphia. Then, I'll try to appeal to the NCAA. This is real frustrating and depressing. I stayed around Maryland all summer getting ready for this season, and then this happens."

Coach Joe Krivak said: "Actually, we have no idea of when he can return. Even if they say he can move around in three to four weeks, he won't be ready to play football. Real

ly, his condition has gotten worse instead of better."

The departure of Rosen, a projected NFL middle- to late-round draft pick, has Krivak searching for secondary help. Rosen had 63 tackles, one interception and 11 pass deflections last season.

Mike Thomas, the Terps' other starting senior cornerback, suffered a slightly pulled hamstring in Saturday's 24-20 loss to Pittsburgh. Thomas' status for this Saturday's game against Georgia Tech will be evaluated daily.

Maryland (1-3) is allowing 257 yards passing per game. Against Pitt, with Thomas out, the Terps used junior Nick Annan, a former walk-on who received a scholarship last season.

Junior Doug Lawrence, who played in place of Rosen on Saturday, will start again at cornerback. If Thomas can't play, junior Brandon Bertha would start in his place. Annan, from Gaithersburg, would become one of the top reserves at cornerback, along with junior Mike Hopson, who is listed as the No. 2 strong safety.

The Terps may also move sophomore Chad Wiestling, the No. 2 H-back, to the defensive backfield. Wiestling practiced at strong safety two weeks ago, but was moved back to H-back in anticipation of Rosen's return.


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