Terps' Leading Tackler Demetrius Hartsfield Out for Clemson, Tate Still Doubtful

Maryland's defense had a great performance against Georgia Tech, but they had to do most of it without leading tackler and starting linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who went down to injury midway through the game. And if they're going to have a repeat success on Saturday against Clemson, they'll have to do without Hartsfield a second time.

In the Terrapins' most recent injury report, Hartsfield is listed definitively as "out." That's a bit of a surprise, given that he was in the most recent depth chart. There's no word on how quickly (or slowly) he'll be back, and I haven't heard/seen Randy Edsall comment on it, either. It's likely that true freshman Alex Twine, who made several crucial, unexpected plays against Tech, will be his backup.

Kenny Tate, who sat out last week, is again listed as doubtful, though no one even knows what the problem is there. With Darin Drakeford similarly banged-up, there's a good chance the Terrapins trot out three backups at linebacker to start, all of them freshmen.

But we actually have some good news there: Drakeford is now listed as questionable, which is a big upgrade from the "out" he's been at for the past few weeks. Drakeford, who hasn't played since the Temple game and missed the West Virginia game before that, would likely fill in for Twine at weakside linebacker, where he started the season. His return would be a big boost for Maryland's depleted defense.

The only other unexpected change is reserve wide receiver Marcus Leak, who is listed as probable. It's a crowded list, including long-term injuries like Justin Anderson, Justin Gilbert, Andre Monroe, and Matt Robinson, but we already knew about all of those unfortunate situations.

Regardless, it seems the injury report isn't breaking Maryland's way on this one.

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