Maryland cornerback Jeremiah Johnson has a hamstring injury and will not start in today's game at Penn State, the Terrapins said.
Matt Robinson (shoulder) is out today. Jeremiah Johnson (hamstring) won't start. Sean Davis moves to corner. Zach Dancel starts at safety.— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) November 1, 2014
Without Johnson, usual starting safety Sean Davis will shift to play cornerback opposite Will Likely. Reserve safety Zach Dancel will replace Davis next to Anthony Nixon Maryland’s defensive backfield. Daniel Popper noted Johnson might play in a pinch, if the Terps need him.
Johnson’s absence marks the latest in a series of cornerback health problems for the Terps, who have already lost Alvin Hill and Daniel Ezeagwu for the season.
Johnson, a 5-foot-11 senior from Forestville, moved from a reserve role into a starting spot after Hill was lost for the season more than a month ago.
With three cornerbacks now injured, Maryland's depth at the position has thinned substantially. The Terps list Will Likely, Jarrett Ross and freshman Josh Woods on their two-deep depth chart for the game, but they'll need help from other members of the secondary against Christian Hackenberg, DaeSean Hamilton and the Penn State offense.
Linebacker Matt Robinson will miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury. The Baltimore Sun's Matt Zenitz said Jalen Brooks will play in his place.
A fuller injury accounting, via Popper: Backup nose tackle David Shaw is back today for the Terps, playing behind Darius Kilgo. Running back Albert Reid is out for another game, as is long-snapper Christian Carpenter. Nate Adams will long-snap for the Terrapins.
(This story has been updated.)