By Jeff Barker
The Baltimore Sun
2:31 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
Maryland's good news and bad news leading up to the West Virginia game:
*Fifth-year linebacker Kenny Tate (knee) could make his season debut on Saturday. After Tate's injury-plagued 2011, you just want to see this NFL prospect's career end the right way. "He's been good this week," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. "Hopefully there won't be anything that comes out" in practice later today to set him back, the coach said.
Tate was listed as "probable" on the injury report released early Thursday night.
*Also due to return: Fullback Tyler Cierski, who had suffered a concussion and missed last week.
*But...wide receiver Kerry Boykins (hamstring) and defensive lineman Keith Bowers (calf) are out. And Edsall said senior kicker Nick Ferrara is headed to New York for an assessment and MRI on the sore hip that has caused him to miss the season's first three games.
Edsall was asked today about freshman kicker Brad Craddock's range, and he replied: "I'd feel comfortable with him 50 and in."
If you're a Maryland fan, you desperately hope that a field goal could matter on Saturday. Maryland heads to Morgantown as four-touchdown underdogs.
*With Boykins out, it's likely that receiver Stefon Diggs (averaging 147 all-purpose yards, second in the ACC) gets an even bigger workload.
*Edsall isn't revealing his plan for how he'll use his four tailbacks -- Justus Pickett, Wes Brown, Brandon Ross and Albert Reid. "I know exactly what we want to do," the coach said. "Hopefully we don't have anybody who rolls an ankle." Then Edsall knocked twice on a wooden panel. That's how superstitious coaches are.
*Through two games, Maryland is averaging 33,406 in home attendance. That ranks 10th in the ACC, ahead of Wake Forest and Duke.
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