Maryland running back Lorenzo Harrison III is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in practice this week, he announced on Instagram Thursday.
Harrison missed the Terps’ previous two games with a hamstring injury, but returned to practice in full this week. That’s where he damaged his knee, requiring surgery that will sideline him until 2019.
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This morning I found out my season was over, due to an injury in practice earlier in the week. Prior to this injury, I missed our last two games because of a strained hamstring. Just when I thought I was ready to go, in my first full practice back, God had another plan for me. Over time I’ve learned that adversity is a lifelong battle in which we get to find out a lot about ourselves. Each time it creeps up on us we’re faced with two options; succumb to it or embrace it....With that being said, I’ll be undergoing surgery tomorrow morning on my right knee to repair some damage. See ya’ll next season, I promise it will be worth the wait. #HisPlanIsGreater
The junior from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, rushed for 84 yards in two games. Harrison lost two yards on two carries in the Terps’ season-opening win over Texas, but was stellar at Bowling Green, tallying 86 yards on eight attempts with a touchdown. Since those were the only games he appeared in, Harrison will qualify for a medical redshirt and receive an extra year of eligibility should he choose to take it.
Harrison burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2016, scoring in his first four games and recording 633 yards in eight contests before being suspended indefinitely for his role in an on-campus airsoft gun incident. He had 622 yards over a full season last year.
Maryland still has Ty Johnson and Anthony McFarland to lead the charge, while Tayon Fleet-Davis has three rushing touchdowns this season. Jake Funk has been sidelined for the last three games with a broken hand, and it’s possible Harrison’s injury opens up a larger role for Javon Leake. But the junior’s elusiveness will still be missed.
The Terps visit Michigan on Oct. 6 at noon on ABC.