Maryland loses LB Wujciak for season to torn ligament

College Football

August 17, 2007|By HEATHER A. DINICH

College Park -- Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak, who was pushing for a starting job and is highly regarded by coach Ralph Friedgen, will miss the season with a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Wujciak had a magnetic resonance imaging yesterday and will undergo surgery, Friedgen said.

"That's a blow for us right now," Friedgen said.

Wujciak slipped on the turf Tuesday and hyperextended his knee, Friedgen said. He got up and continued to practice a bit more before taking himself out.

That leaves Trey Covington and Jermaine Lemons as the Nos. 1 and 2 players, respectively, at the Terps' Leo position (linebacker/defensive end).

Notes -- Running back Da'Rel Scott returned to practice yesterday but is not 100 percent yet. ... Offensive lineman Scott Burley has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA, a school spokesman confirmed. Burley had petitioned the NCAA for a hardship waiver because of injuries that limited his playing time the past four years. ... Friedgen said he is likely to name a starting quarterback after tomorrow's scrimmage.

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