GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Maryland had so many injuries last fall, it's easy to simply dwell on the notable names.
Nolan Carroll. Da'Rel Scott. Bruce Campbell. Demetrius Hartsfield. All missed time with various ailments.
But there were other injuries, some of the season-ending variety.
Take Isaiah Ross, who came in as a linebacker and eventually found himself in a reserve role as a defensive end. Until, that is, he suffered a torn ACL and sat out the final three games.
Ross didn't play in the spring, and his name sort of faded into the background. But that could soon change if linebacker Alex Wujciak's assessment of the situation is accurate.
"He's been working his ass off," Wujciak said. "He's going to be a really good player. In my opinion, I think he'll end up starting the first game of the season. He's a good football player. He's not some crazy freak athlete, but he's a football player. He's been working hard recovering."
Maryland's Sept. 6 season opener against Navy is just a day shy of 10 months after Ross hobbled off the field for the final time in 2009. He enters camp as the No. 2 Anchor (the end who lines up on the tight end side) behind Justin Anderson.
But Anderson's always a possibility to shift back inside. Should Ross have a particularly strong August, that scenario could play out.
"Camp will be big for him to get back into it," Wujciak said. "When you have a knee injury, you kind of hesitate for a little bit. Once he gets that out of there, he'll be fine."
Wujciak should know. He dealt with knee injuries early in his career, and sat out the entire 2007 season after tearing an ACL in camp. Like Ross, he had a veteran who could provide counsel on the rehab process --- as well as proof a guy can return at a level even better than he was before the injury.
"He always asks me questions about what to expect from your knee here, kind of like I did with Erin [Henderson]," Wujciak said. "It's just a never-ending process. I told 'You're going to be sore during camp. It's just going to happen. You're not going to be able to walk one morning. It's going to happen. As camp ends, it'll start to feel better and your leg will feel stronger and things will be all right for the beginning of the season."