For the second straight season, University of Maryland running back Jake Funk (Damascus High School) is out for the year with a torn ACL in his left knee. The redshirt junior from Gaithersburg hurt his knee in the Terps’ last game at Temple on September 14.
“Jake played an integral role, not just on offense but on special teams,” Maryland head coach Mike Locksley said. “That’s a huge blow for us.”
Funk rushed for 79 yards against Howard and 94 yards against Syracuse before getting hurt in the Temple game.
Maryland is hoping that Funk will be granted a second redshirt year which would give him two more years of eligibility. Typically, athletes can only redshirt once but exceptions are made for medical reasons.
The timing is especially bad for the Terps as they prepare to host 12th ranked Penn State this Friday night.
As a senior at Damascus in 2015, Funk led the Swarmin’ Hornets to a state championship rushing for 2,866 yards and a state record 57 touchdowns including seven in the Maryland State 3A championship game.