Maryland's Scott likely to play vs. Florida State

Junior running back has been out with a broken wrist since Oct. 3

November 18, 2009|By Jeff Barker |

COLLEGE PARK — - Tailback Da'Rel Scott, who broke his wrist in Maryland's win over Clemson on Oct. 3 and missed the next five games, has begun practicing and is likely to return Saturday against Florida State.

But quarterback Chris Turner (knee) will miss his second straight game. The fifth-year senior is "50-50" to play in Maryland's final game of the season - and the last of his career - against Boston College on Nov. 28, coach Ralph Friedgen said Tuesday.

The Terps have not won a game since Scott's injury Oct. 3. But Maryland (2-8, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) will take good news where it can get it.

"He looked very good [Monday] night," Friedgen said. "I think if you look at our run production since he's been out, it's gone down significantly. Da'Rel gives you that big-play opportunity."

Scott is participating in non-contact drills. He is wearing a brace, and coaches will need to be assured he can grip the ball adequately before he is cleared to play.

Scott, a redshirt junior, suffered the break when he hit the ground early in the second half against Clemson. He rushed for 1,133 yards last season and was an all-ACC selection.

Scott had 297 yards and a 5.4 yards per carry average in five games before the injury. He topped 100 yards against Middle Tennessee State in the third game, but also fumbled twice.

Without Scott, the Terps rank 10th in the ACC in rushing, ahead of only Virginia and Duke. Maryland running backs have been hampered by inexperience and injuries on the offensive line.

Scott's teammates said they have been buoyed by his return.

"He's a fighter, he's a ballplayer [and] he's explosive," said wide receiver Adrian Cannon. "I hope he does come back. That's just a blessing."

Cannon also expressed hope that Turner can return for one more game. Turner had made 21 starts in a row until last Saturday's 36-9 loss to Virginia Tech.

The Terps have not scored an offensive touchdown since Turner's knee ligament injury against N.C. State on Nov. 7.

"Hopefully he can go out on a good note," Cannon said.

With Turner sidelined, redshirt sophomore Jamarr Robinson will get his second career start against the Seminoles (5-5, 3-4 ACC).

Robinson accounted for all but three of Maryland's 132 rushing yards against Virginia Tech.

Friedgen said Robinson played with "heart."

"I think he made a few mistakes, which is understandable. I wasn't disappointed with him at all," the coach said.

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