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Terrapins’ Running Back Doubtful

October 1, 2002

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Maryland running back Bruce Perry is doubtful for Saturday’s game against West Virginia, and the Terrapins are considering the possibility of shutting him down for the season.

Perry was named the Atlantic Coast Conference offensive player of the year last season after rushing for 1,242 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns. But he has yet to play this year because of a torn left groin.

He hoped to return last Saturday against Wofford, but has experienced swelling and tenderness. Perry did not practice Monday, and will likely be held out of drills this week.

``I talked to Bruce yesterday and I told him we would not play him until he’s 100 percent,″ Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said Tuesday. ``He talked about some options, whether we could get a medical redshirt. I said I didn’t know what the possibility was. I said the first thing we need to do is get him healthy, then see what our options are after that.″

Chris Downs has performed well at running back for the Terrapins, who could likely survive the season without Perry. But Friedgen would hate to sit Perry for the year, then find out that the NCAA wouldn’t permit the running back a redshirt season.

``It’s been my experience that those aren’t easy to get. Then we’ve missed playing him,″ Friedgen said. ``He’s frustrated now, and I understand that.″

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