Terps lose top tackler to season-ending ACL injury

Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield suffered injury Saturday in Terps' loss to Georgia Tech

Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker is tackled by Maryland's Demetrius Hartsfield in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.  Clemson won 31-7.

Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker is tackled by Maryland's Demetrius Hartsfield in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson. Clemson won 31-7.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland middle linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield is out for the season with a torn ACL.

It's the latest in a series of serious injuries for the Terrapins, who have already lost four quarterbacks and starting wide receiver Marcus Leak for the year.

Hartsfield, a senior, leads Maryland with 78 tackles. The injury occurred last Saturday in the second quarter of a 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech.

Coach Randy Edsall says, ''This is another tough loss for the program. ... To have his senior year cut short is disheartening.''

Hartsfield has 3 1/2 sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries. His 338 career tackles is ranks 15th in school history.

Maryland (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has three games left in the season. The Terrapins play at No. 10 Clemson on Saturday.

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