Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle will miss the Dec. 29 Military Bowl with a broken clavicle suffered in an on-campus motor scooter accident.
McDougle is the second Maryland player to miss time because of a scooter accident. Pete DeSouza broke bones in both legs in an on-campus accident on Oct. 21 and missed the final half of the season.
The injuries trouble coach Ralph Friedgen, who is hoping to enlist team parents to help reduce or eliminate scooter use among players on his roster.
"I am sending a letter out to our parents recommending that they support me on this," Friedgen said today. "Pete DeSouza and now with Dexter. The thing with Dexter, one of his other teammates was driving and they just lost control. Obviously, you don't like to lose people on the field. Now we're losing people off the field. It doesn't help you."
Friedgen said McDougle would probably have a plate put in during surgery and would likely miss spring practice.
Scooter use in College Park mushroomed in recent years, and have become particularly popular with players.
That could change after yet another accident.
"A couple parents have already called me and said they're taking scooters away from their kids," Friedgen said. "If I had the authority to do it, I would. I don't think I have that authority, so I have to rely on the support of my parents."