Junior linebacker Abner Logan became Maryland's first injury casualty of the 2015 season when head coach Randy Edsall announced he had torn his ACL during a non-contact drill at practice this week.
No surgery date is yet set, Edsall said on Friday, but one will be determined soon after swelling in the area is reduced.
"Anytime somebody gets hurt, it's unfornatute," Edsall said. "You feel for the young man."
Now for Edsall comes the challenge of replacing a player who had worked himself into a starter's role in Maryland new 4-3 scheme. And indications are that Edsall's decision to add depth from the transfer market in the offseason will be key.
Jefferson Ashiru, an immediately eligible linebacker who comes to Maryland from Edsall's former employer, Connecticut, has been shifted from being listed as a co-starter at one outside linebacker spot to the take snaps with the starters in Logan's place.
"We'll have Jefferson, we'll have Brock [Dean], we'll have Isaiah [Davis], we'll have Brett Zanotto there," Edsall said. "And, again, we're always looking because some of the guys that might be better at Mike [linebacker] could play Will [linebacker] -- Gus Little.
"Again, we're keeping all of our options open, but I liked Jefferson there -- what I saw of him -- there the other day, the last couple of practices."