Monday's news that Maryland linebacker and top tackler Demetrius Hartsfield was the latest Terps player to fall victim to a torn ACL sparked speculation that the team's training methods or new turf field were to blame.
But coach Randy Edsall pointed out on Tuesday that four torn ACLs in a season is nothing out of the ordinary. The Terps suffered five torn ACLs in 2007 and 2008, four in 2010 and three last year.
Edsall absolved strength coach Drew Wilson, pointing out the differences in how the injuries occurred. Edsall said that the increased scrutiny is largely due to the spate of injuries that have hit at the high-visibility position of quarterback. C.J. Brown, Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe were lost to torn ACLs, while Devin Burns went down for the season with a Lisfranc (foot) fracture.
"It's happened at one position. That's the problem," Edsall said. "I hear all this stuff about strength and conditioning, turf, all these things. It's unfortunate all these injuries happen, but it happens in the game of football."
- Kevin Dunleavy