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Terps' Evan Smotrycz out 4-6 weeks after breaking bone in left foot

Maryland senior Evan Smotrycz is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his left foot in practice Friday, the Terps said Sunday.

The fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone is considered less serious of a break in the same foot suffered last season by former Terps point guard Seth Allen, who missed two months and said after he transferred last spring that he came back too soon in order to help a struggling team. Smotrycz will have surgery later this week.

The timeline for Smotrycz's recovery means that the 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward -- who is considered one of Maryland's top 3-point shooters -- could be back shortly after the Nov. 14 season opener. The Terps shouldn't face a serious test until facing Arizona State in the opening round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 24.

Smotrycz averaged 11 points and six rebounds last season after transferring from Michigan.

In his place, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has a few options, the most likely...

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Led by C.J. Brown, resilient Terps leave game against Iowa with more than a win

There’s no way to measure mental toughness when high school football players are being recruited, no stopwatch to put to a kid to see how long it takes for him to get back into a game when he has been knocked out. If there was, Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown might have been a five-star prospect in high school, not a three-star one. 

There’s also no tangible way to figure out how big a win Maryland’s 38-31 victory over Iowa on Saturday at Byrd Stadium will be for another couple of months, at least not before the Terps get through the four-game gauntlet they now face in their inaugural Big Ten Conference season.

Accustomed to coming back from injuries and inconsistencies throughout a six-year college football career filled with plenty of each, Brown was not the only Maryland player to show resilience in what could be a season-defining game for the Terps, now 5-2. He was clearly their most important.

Brown didn’t let his own mistake — a first-play interception that set up Iowa’s first...

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Terps quarterback C.J. Brown leaves game with back injury before returning vs. Iowa

Early in the third quarter Saturday, Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown fell forward as he was being tackled near the Iowa football team's sideline.

As he went down, a Hawkeyes defender dived in and landed on Brown's upper back.

Brown remained facedown on the ground for several minutes. He later was evaluated on the sideline before being taken into the Terps locker room.

After being treated, Brown returned to the game with about 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

"It definitely scared me because the whole right side of my back tightened up, locked up," said Brown, who suffered an upper-trapezius injury in his back. "I've got to look at the film. I thought it was a late hit. He got me on top of the head, so my neck and my shoulders are a little bit tight. … But I felt like I could go, and I was able to go back out there and finish."

Brown was initially unsure about whether he would be able to return. But he warmed up on the sideline and threw the ball some with running back Wes...

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With forward Evan Smotrycz injured, Terps have questions, options in frontcourt

Football coach Randy Edsall doesn’t have a monopoly at Maryland on game plans and seasons impacted by injuries.

Men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon quickly is catching up to his counterpart in College Park.

With senior forward Evan Smotrycz out for an undetermined period with what Turgeon classified Friday as a “bad” sprain of his left ankle, the Terps could start a season without a key player for the third time in Turgeon’s four seasons.

In his first season, Turgeon had to go with a point-guard-by-committee when Pe'Shon Howard missed the first nine games with a broken foot. A year ago, guard Seth Allen broke his left foot before the start of the season and didn’t come back until mid-January.

Now it’s Smotrycz, who said he rolled his left ankle at practice Friday and showed up at Maryland Madness a few hours later on crutches, with his left foot in a walking boot. Turgeon tried to keep the mood upbeat Friday, but this is not the way he wanted to go into his first season in the Big Ten...

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Maryland backup quarterback Caleb Rowe out for year with torn ACL in left knee

Maryland backup quarterback Caleb Rowe tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during practice Tuesday morning and will miss the rest of the season.

Rowe, a redshirt junior, likely won’t be able to work out with the team until preseason practice next August, when he had been expected to take over for current senior C.J. Brown as starting quarterback.

Video of the play shows Rowe running a zone-read play to his left. When he attempts to cut upfield, his left foot appears to hit his right calf. Without contact, Rowe comes down awkwardly on his left foot.

The knee did not appear to buckle, and Rowe ran for about 10 more yards before he started hopping on his right leg.

This is the second time he has torn the ACL in his left knee. Rowe, who will have surgery next week, suffered the same injury as a redshirt freshman in 2012.

With Rowe out, redshirt sophomore Perry Hills will back up Brown, although redshirt freshman Shane Cockerille (Gilman) could see time in certain packages...

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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz recalls Baltimore ties as he prepares to face Terps

For much of the last two weeks, Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has been studying Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa team and trying to devise different ways to beat the Hawkeyes’ defense when the two teams play in College Park on Saturday.

But Locksley can remember being a guest at Ravens practices years ago, where he watched and tried to learn from different Ravens coaches, including Ferentz.

Ferentz said he has not been back in Baltimore much since taking over as Iowa’s coach in 1999. However, he was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach after the Ravens' franchise moved to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996, and he spent three seasons in those roles before leaving for Iowa.

With the Browns and Ravens, Ferentz helped turn Wally Williams from an undrafted free agent into a player that later signed a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. Ferentz also helped develop a young Jonathan Ogden, whom the Ravens drafted with their first pick in 1996. He also coached other...

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