McDougle had played one of the best games of his career last Saturday, recording a personal-best two interceptions in the victory. But he was hurt when he bent low to make a tackle late in the game. Coach Randy Edsall said Sunday that McDougle will have surgery.
"Dexter was playing as good as he’s played since I’ve been here,” Edsall said. “It’s just sad that this happened to him.”
McDougle, a senior, was the leader of the secondary and had started 27 consecutive games for the Terps. Maryland has now lost both its starting cornerbacks. Jeremiah Johnson broke his toe and is expected to be out another five weeks. Freshman Will Likely has started in place of Johnson; senior Isaac Goins will replace McDougle.
Depth questions and experienced players in the secondary are not what the Terps need as they prepare to play for West Virginia on Saturday.