Broken fibula ends season for Crummey

October 07, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun Reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland lost probably its top offensive lineman for the rest of the season yesterday when three-year starter Andrew Crummey suffered a broken left fibula, coach Ralph Friedgen said.

"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 he 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."

With 12:39 left in the first half, the Terps' right guard was carted off the field and hopped on his right leg into the trainers' room. It was the second serious injury of the half, as backup weak-side linebacker Rick Costa was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with a neck injury.

Costa was released later yesterday and will be in a neck brace for a couple of days, according to a school spokesman who would not comment further on the injury. Costa had made his first career start in place of injured linebacker Erin Henderson, Maryland's leading tackler, who was out with a knee injury.

The Terps escaped Byrd Stadium with a 28-26 win over Georgia Tech despite a string of injuries that leaves the team thin at several positions heading into the bye week. Running back Da'Rel Scott missed the game with an ankle injury, and backup defensive tackle Travis Ivey also was carted off the field with a knee injury.

"Losing a guy like Crummey, losing Rick, we're thin at some important positions," said quarterback Chris Turner, who was thrust into the starting role after Jordan Steffy suffered a concussion last weekend at Rutgers. "Guys have to step up. It's as simple as that."

Friedgen had concerns in the preseason about depth on the offensive line, and starting left tackle Scott Burley (Woodlawn) has been dealing with a bruised elbow since the Wake Forest game.

"We only had seven [offensive linemen] to start with," Friedgen said. "Now we've got six. ... We're just really, really thin right now. I don't know what the solution is. Some guys have got to get real good real soon, or we're going to struggle."

While Costa was at Shock Trauma, his brother Phil, a sophomore backup offensive lineman, was taking over for Crummey.

Phil Costa was in on 25 plays at Rutgers, mostly at center. Jack Griffin, whose role has mainly been to spell Dane Randolph at right tackle, also is likely to receive more playing time.

"We just have to get some of these other guys coming along," Friedgen said. "They're going to have to step up and give these guys a blow. Right now, we're even having trouble practicing. There's only so many reps we can go with one team."

The Terps at one point turned to their third-string defensive tackle, Dean Muhtadi, yesterday, as Adrian Moten, who has had to learn all three linebacker positions, came in for the injured Rick Costa.

"There was nobody else to go in," Friedgen said. "They kept fighting. We were fortunate to win the game."

Crummey, whose 33 career starts were the most on the team, has started 28 of the past 29 games.

"He was dominating so far this season. We've been doing well as an offensive line," starting left guard Jaimie Thomas said. "For something like this to happen, I know it's tragic for him. He's a competitor. He wants to be out there playing with us, and for him to have to sit on the sideline 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 back to a bowl game."

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