Maryland right tackle Pete DeSouza suffered two fractured lower legs in a motor scooter accident on campus, the school said this morning.
DeSouza is undergoing surgery today and is expected to remain in an area hospital for the rest of the weekend. He will miss the rest of the season.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Pete and his family, and we’ll help them anyway we can,” coach Ralph Friedgen said in a statement released by the school. “We hope he makes a speedy recovery.”
DeSouza started the last three games for the Terrapins (4-2, 1-1 ACC), who visit Boston College (2-4, 0-3) on Saturday.
With DeSouza out, there are two logical ways for Maryland to reshuffle its offensive line with minimal disruption. One is to elevate second-stringer Nick Klemm, who has played mostly on Maryland's field goal unit this season, to a starting role. The other is to shift R.J. Dill back to right tackle and start true freshman Max Garcia at left tackle.
Friedgen said several times recently Garcia is close to being ready to play in games.