Terrence Lewis, the headlining piece of Maryland football’s 2021 recruiting class, will not participate in spring practice after undergoing surgery in January for a torn ACL, coach Mike Locksley announced Tuesday.
Lewis, the top-rated inside linebacker in his class and a five-star prospect, played his senior season of high school football with the injury and Maryland’s doctors discovered it upon his early enrollment at College Park.
Locksley did not provide a timeline for Lewis’ rehabilitation nor say whether the Florida native would be able to return for the beginning of Maryland’s 2021 season, which begins Sept. 4 against West Virginia.
Lewis’ injury further raises questions regarding who will fill the void at the middle linebacker position created by the transfer of Chance Campbell (Calvert Hall), the team’s leading tackler in 2020. The Terps return junior Fa’Najae Gotay and sophomore Ruben Hyppolite II, who combined for four starts in last season’s 2-3 finish.