Maryland may be off to its first 3-0 start since the 2001 season, but the Terps have been dealt a very significant blow moving forward.
Sunday, head coach Randy Edsall announced that cornerback Dexter McDougle suffered a shoulder injury in the win against UConn Saturday. The injury is significant enough that it will require season-ending surgery.
Because McDougle is a fifth-year senior, and hasn’t lost a season of competition due to injury, his collegiate career has come to an end.
“Dexter was playing as good as he’s played since I’ve been here,” third-year head coach Randy Edsall said. “It’s just sad that this happened to him.”
The injury occurred during a game in which McDougle intercepted two passes, one of which he returned 49 yards for a touchdown. The pair of picks against the Huskies were McDougle’s second and third in three games this season.
The loss of McDougle leaves a huge void both in performance and leadership. Over the past two-plus seasons, the veteran corner had started 27 straight games.