Army’s offense, which rushed for a season-high 513 yards against Eastern Michigan Saturday, may be getting a boost.
Senior running back Raymond Maples, who has missed the last four games with a groin injury, might make his return against Temple this Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Maples, a two-time 1,000-yard rusher who is from Philadelphia, was expected to miss anywhere from six to 12 weeks, coach Rich Ellerson had said, after leaving the Stanford game on Sept. 14.
“The good news is there’s maybe an outside chance this Saturday but unlikely,” said Ellerson after his press conference Monday. “I think there’s a good chance for Air Force. Obviously, Ray would love to play in Philadelphia. So, he might be pushing it a little bit harder and be a little too rosy about his own prospects. But our hope is we are going to have him for a chunk of the end of the season.”
Ellerson has an interesting decision on his hands if Maples is cleared to practice by Wednesday. Junior Trenton Turrentine has filled in admirably for Maples. Turrentine rushed for a career-high 92 yards and a touchdown against Eastern Michigan and has been blocking well on the edge for Terry Baggett. He has rushed for 257 yards and averaged 7.3 yards per carry in the four games.
“I think we will be able to find some turns for Ray,” Ellerson said.
If Maples is held out of the Temple game, he would have two weeks of practice before Army’s next game at Air Force on Nov. 2.