Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin announced Tuesday that safety Denzel Conyers will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
Conyers, a senior, recorded 13 tackles in three games for the Terrapins this season. He began the season as a starting safety after being transitioned to linebacker prior to his junior year. In nine games in 2015, Conyers racked up 15 tackles including a pair of tackles for loss along with a sack. He also broke up three passes.
The road to Maryland has been a long one for Conyers after he began his career at Florida International. He struggled with academics during his time there, though, and never saw game action before transferring to Butte Community College in California. Conyers transferred again to Maryland ahead of his sophomore campaign, but further academic struggles saw him relegated to scout team. He will be able to apply for a medical redshirt and seek another season of eligibility.
According to Stubbs, the Terps will start sophomore Darnell Savage Jr. and junior Josh Woods at the safety spots this week.
Maryland is off to a solid 3-0 start to the season that includes a double-overtime win over Central Florida and a blowout victory over Conyers’s former team, Florida International. They’ll see their first true test this Saturday when they host Purdue (2-1) in their first Big Ten clash of the young season.
Kickoff from Maryland Stadium between the Terps and Boilermakers in College Park is set for 12:30 pm ET.