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McDougle sidelined, earns weekly honor

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Published on: Thursday, September 26, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

The Maryland football program is no stranger to injury and the Terrapins have once again been snakebitten.

Maryland lost starting cornerback Dexter McDougle, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the Terps’ 32-21 road victory at Connecticut on Sept. 14.

McDougle had surgery last Monday but is out for the remainder of the season thus ending his collegiate football career. The fifth-year senior is ineligible for a medical redshirt sixth season, but he will likely get a shot at the NFL through the draft or via free agency.

In three games this year, McDougle registered three interceptions including two in the win over Connecticut. The Virginia native set a career-high with the two interceptions, returning one 49 yards for a touchdown. He also finished with eight tackles including seven solo stops against the Huskies.

McDougle’s performance helped Maryland improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2001 and also helped him earn the ACC Defensive Back of the Week honor.

Meanwhile, Maryland senior Marcus Whitfield was honored as the ACC Linebacker of the Week for his performance against Connecticut.

Whitfield, a Montgomery County native, led a defensive attack that registered six sacks against UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer.

The Germantown product recorded a career-high three sacks, which is tied for the highest single-game total in the country this season and leads the nation with 5.5 sacks.

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