Tag:Pete DeSouza
Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:18 pm

Randy Edsall bans scooters at Maryland

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Injuries are a part of football, and for the most part, there isn't much that a coach can do to prevent a player from getting hurt while on the field. There are injuries that happen off the field, however, that can be avoided. For instance, this season Maryland lost not one, but two players to injury thanks to scooter accidents. Offensive lineman Pete DeSouza broke both of his legs in a scooter accident, and cornerback Dexter McDougle and defensive end Isaiah Ross were involved in another accident, with McDougle breaking his clavicle.

So new head coach Randy Edsall has decided to put the parking brake down on scooter use by his players, banning his team from using them.
The new Terrapin football coaching staff has banned players from owning motorized scooters, several members of the team confirmed last night.
Coach Randy Edsall informed players of his decision Jan. 23, one day before the start of spring classes. The ban, which was to be enacted immediately, follows a harrowing fall for the team that saw three players injured in two separate scooter-related accidents.
Which is a move that makes sense. You can't control the injuries on the field, but you can keep your players from crashing scooters if you don't allow them to ride scooters in the first place. Plus walking everywhere is an excellent way to stay in shape during the offseason. Which probably bothers some of the players, but if DeSouza is cool with it, then the rest of the team should be too. 

"[Edsall] just wants to keep us safe. He's a new coach; you have to follow his rules," DeSouza told the school newspaper. "I don't think anyone was mad. Everyone just wants to win, so we'll follow his rules."
Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:13 am

Scooters claim another Maryland player

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this season there was a trend that saw college football players say dumb things on Twitter followed by those players and their teammates being told by their head coaches to stay off of Twitter.  It made sense because you can't say anything stupid on Twitter if you're not on Twitter.  It's a model that Ralph Friedgen may want to follow at Maryland, though it's not Twitter he should be keeping his players off of.

It's scooters.

In October freshman offensive lineman Pete DeSouza broke both of his legs in a scooter accident, ending his season early. Now freshman cornerback Dexter McDougle will miss the Military Bowl against East Carolina after breaking his clavicle in what was described as a "single scooter accident on campus." 

Though some conspiracy theorists believe there was a second scooter, located on a grassy knoll.

Fellow Terrapin Isiah Ross was driving the scooter at the time of the accident, but escaped without injury.  The duo apparently hit a bump in the road that caused Ross to lose control of the scooter, causing the injury to McDougle and sent him to the hospital where he was treated and released.

McDougle played in 11 games for the Terps this season with 22 tackles and 3 pass break ups.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:02 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 11:12 am

Maryland OL breaks legs in scooter accident

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Maryland will be without its starting right tackle Pete DeSouza when they head to Boston College this weekend, and could be without him even longer following an accident he was in on Thursday night.  DeSouza was riding around campus on his scooter when another motorist turned left in front of him and he collided with the car.

The accident happened on Union Lane, between the student union and Cole Field House about 9 p.m., said Capt. Mark Limansky, a spokesman for the school's department of public safety.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County fire department, said the victim, whom he did not identify, suffered serious injuries to the "lower extremities."

The driver of the car was not injured, Limansky said. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

The driver was also issued a citation.

What exactly the serious injuries to DeSouza's lower extremities are, we don't know.  Though they don't sound like the kind of injuries that he'll be able to recover from soon, so odds are that DeSouza is going to miss more than just one game.

Update: Well, we now know the extent of DeSouza's injuries, and he's going to be missing a lot more than just this weekend's game.  Turns out DeSouza has broken both of his legs, and is going to miss the rest of the season.  The good news is he's expected to make a complete recovery.
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