In a season already marred by injuries, the Maryland Terrapins received yet another piece of bad news on Monday.
The team announced that starting middle linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield has a torn ACL and is determined out for the season. Hartsfield left Saturday’s game with the help of trainers after sustaining the injury against Georgia Tech.
Hartsfield was a leader of the defense as a fifth-year senior and preseason All-ACC selection. The Raleigh, NC native had 78 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one interception on the season. He was ACC Linebacker of the Week in early October after the Terps’ win over Wake Forest.
Hartsfield is just the latest Maryland player to go down with an ACL tear. Quarterbacks C.J. Brown, Perry Hills, and Caleb Rowe have all seen their seasons end due to the injury.
In a school press release, head coach Randy Edsall made a statement on the loss.
“This is another tough loss for the program,” he said. “Demetrius is a captain and has been a leader of this defense both on and off the field. I feel terrible for him because I know how much the game means to him. To have his senior year cut short is just disheartening. We will be here to support him through the rehab process and help him with his transition towards the next stage of his career.”