The good news for Maryland's tight ends: Reinforcements are on the way.
The bad news: It's just one guy, and he might not even be fully ready for Saturday's date at No. 21 West Virginia.
Will Yeatman, the Notre Dame transfer who has not played since early in the 2008 season, is expected to return from a broken finger suffered during the first week of camp to face the Mountaineers. But how much he'll help Matt Furstenburg and Dave Stinebaugh is still to be determined.
"Watching Will in practice yesterday, he was very rusty," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "We've got some work to do there to get him caught up."
Devonte Campbell (knee) is still out and Lansford Watson (ACL surgery) is done for the year, so the additional help will be welcome.
However, Furstenburg leads the Terrapins in receiving yards (48) after two games, and Stinebaugh's played better than expected for a redshirt freshman.
As a result, Maryland doesn't need Yeatman to be a star, just a complementary piece to the tight end rotation, much like walk-on Ryan Schlothauer was the last two weeks.
"Our worst-case scenario is will comes in and gives us a good blocking tight end," Friedgen said. "What I saw last night, he's a little rusty on that because he hasn't done it for four or five weeks. The other factor you have figure in is he didn't play football for three years. I think that's a little bit of a concern on him even before he got hurt because he told me he was this great blocking tight end at Notre Dame and all the sudden it's not working out that way in practice. But I think he potentially will be. I don't know how fast it's going to take to get him ready for game shape, but we're going to play him this week."