Terps' Quinton Jefferson will miss rest of season with right knee injury

September 21, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

Maryland defensive end Quinton Jefferson will miss the rest of the season because of a right knee injury he suffered during the Terps’ loss to West Virginia on Sept. 13.

Jefferson, who will undergo surgery Friday, had 47 tackles, 7 1/2 tackles for a loss and three sacks while starting all 13 games for Maryland last season. He had eight tackles and a sack in the first three games this year.

This is another blow for a Terps defense that has dealt with injuries to several key players since the season began in late August. Maryland does have an experienced player in Keith Bowers to step in, though.

Bowers, 6 feet 1, 285 pounds, made 11 starts at defensive end as a freshman in 2011, started nine games along the defensive line as a junior last season and shared playing time with Darius Kilgo at nose tackle during the Terps’ first three games this year.

Bowers started in place of Jefferson against Syracuse on Saturday and had three tackles.

“Keith’s played defensive end before, so that was nothing new to him,” coach Randy Edsall said during his weekly conference call Sunday. “He went in there and battled and did the things that we thought he would do.”

Backup defensive ends Spencer Myers and Roman Braglio may also see more time with Jefferson out. Freshman nose tackle David Shaw will be depended on to back up and spell Kilgo at nose tackle with Bowers now playing defensive end.

Edsall said Shaw was in for 10 snaps against Syracuse on Saturday.

“I think that we’ve got a pretty good thing going right there,” Edsall said, “and those guys will continue to get better as they continue to get more reps.”

NOTE: Edsall did not say much about injuries to outside linebacker Matt Robinson and cornerback Alvin Hill during the conference call. He simply said all injured players not scheduled to undergo surgery will be evaluated throughout the week. However, backup outside linebacker Cavon Walker had foot surgery last week and, like Jefferson, will miss the rest of the season. Walker, a sophomore, had six tackles in the Terps’ first two games.

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