Maryland opened its first spring under the leadership of new head coach DJ Durkin this week, and running back Wes Brown was on the practice field and on the spring roster. This is the first time Brown has been seen with the team since being suspended indefinitely by the program last November.
Durkin did not address the return of Brown, according to Daniel Martin of CSN Baltimore. Perhaps Durkin has given the team a clean slate as he comes in to lead the program, which is common for new head coaches (Iowa State’s Matt Campbell is doing this).
Brown was suspended by interim head coach Mike Locksley in mid-November for violating the student-athlete code of conduct. It was the second time Brown had been suspended by the program. Brown previously missed the spring football practice schedule a year ago as he was recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum at the end of the 2014 season. Brown missed the 2013 season as a result of an off-field legal situation that eventually led to charges being dropped and Brown being readmitted to the university.
For the second time this week, a member of the Maryland football program has been suspended by the university.
University officials have confirmed that Gage Shaffer will be suspended for the last two games of the 2015 season for unspecified violations of the student-athlete code of conduct. That code of conduct policy was the same basis for the suspension of running back Wes Brown.
Shaffer was on track for a redshirt season as he had yet to play in a game in 2015. If/when he returns to the Terps, he’ll have four seasons of eligibility remaining.
Coming out of high school in West Virginia, the 6-7, 212-pound Shaffer was a three-star member of Maryland’s 2015 recruiting class. He was the No. 2 player at any position in the state.
Shaffer was the only quarterback signed in what turned out to be Randy Edsall‘s last class with the Terps.
In suspending Wes Brown earlier this week, Maryland was decidedly vague in the reasons behind the punitive measure. A couple of days later, that vagueness remains.
Monday evening, it was announced that Brown had been indefinitely suspended for violating the student-athlete code of conduct, the second such suspension in the last two years for the running back. Addressing reporters for the first time since the suspension, interim Terps head coach Mike Locksley said simply, “I’ll let the statement [released Monday night] handle the Wes situation.”
Locksley did, though, expound a bit on the impact the move will have on the roster moving forward.
“As far as my disappointment, obviously, like anything else,” Locksley said, “it’s got to be the next man up mentality so we’re going to count on guys that have to step up and fill the void that we’ll have with Wes not being a part of it.”
Brown’s 317 yards this season were third on the team. He was third on the Terps in rushing last season as well with 357.
Brown had been suspended from the university in early August of 2013 following a physical run-in with Baltimore police, and did not play at all that season even as all of the charges against him had been dropped. In January of last year, Brown was readmitted by the university.