Maryland’s terrible luck with injuries continued Monday with news that inside linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield is done for the year with a torn ACL. The senior, who leads the team in tackles (78), was hurt with 2:20 left in the second period of Saturday’s 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech.
“This is another tough loss for the program,” coach Randy Edsall said in a release. “Demetrius is a captain and has been a leader of this defense both on and off the field. I feel terrible for him because I know how much the game means to him.”
Hartsfield is the fifth Terrapin to suffer a torn ACL this year. The others were defensive end Andre Monroe and quarterbacks C.J. Brown, Perry Hills, and Caleb Rowe.
L.A. Goree (Wise) took over at Hartsfield’s spot on Saturday. The sophomore played more last year as a freshman, when the Terps defense was crippled by injuries. Goree had 60 tackles last year and nine this season. Sophomore Cole Farrand, the team’s second-leading tackler (55), has been the starter throughout this season at the other inside linebacker slot.
Hartsfield finishes his career with 338 tackles, ranking 15th in program history and 10th among active players in the NCAA. This fall he had seven tackles for a loss, 3 ½ sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries. On nfldraftscout.com, he is ranked No. 20 among inside linebackers eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.
“To have his senior year cut short is just disheartening,” Edsall continued in his statement. “We will be here to support him through the rehab process and help him with his transition towards the next stage of his career.”