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Suspended Maryland RB Wes Brown returns for spring football

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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.

Maryland again suspends WR Juwann Winfree

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Back in November, Maryland’s Juwann Winfree was suspended for a pair of games for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct.  Seven months later, it’s lather, rinse and repeat for the wide receiver.

Maryland confirmed Monday afternoon that Winfree has been suspended indefinitely from Randy Edsall‘s football program.  And, once again, the suspension is connected to a violation of the student-athlete code of conduct.

Last season, Winfree caught 11 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.  Because of attrition, Winfree would be in line for a bigger role in the Terps’ passing offense.

Thanks to Marcus Leak withdrawing from school late last month, the Terps won’t return their top four in receiving yards from the 2014 season: Stefon Diggs (792, early entry into NFL draft), Deon Long (575, expired eligibility) Leak (297) and Jacquille Veii (230, transfer).

Those four departures mean that the leading returning receiver in terms of yards is Amba Etta-Tawo (222). The leading returning receiver in receptions is running back Wes Brown (21). The good news for the Terps is that Levern Jacobs, the team’s leading receiver in 2013, is returning from an injury that cost him most of the 2014 season.

Terps’ pass-catching corps springs another Leak

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Last month it was reported that running back Jacquille Veii, a pass-catching threat out of the backfield, had decided to leave the Terrapins.  A month later, the Terps’ passing game has taken another hit.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Marcus Leak has withdrawn from school due to personal reasons.  In May of 2013, Leak left under similar circumstances, although he ultimately returned.

It’s unclear if a return is in the cards this time around as well.

Last season, Leak was third on the team in receptions (20) and receiving yards (297), while he was second in receiving touchdowns (three).  With Leak’s departure, the Terps won’t return their top four in receiving yards from the 2014 season: Stefon Diggs (792, early entry into NFL draft), Deon Long (575, expired eligibility) and Veii (230).

Those four departures mean that the leading returning receiver in terms of yards is Amba Etta-Tawo (222). The leading returning receiver in receptions is running back Wes Brown (21). The good news for the Terps is that Levern Jacobs, the team’s leading receiver in 2013, is returning from an injury that cost him most of the 2014 season.

Leak’s departure comes one day after Maryland announced the addition of quarterback Daxx Garman as a graduate transfer.

Report: Maryland to lose second running back transfer in five days

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Maryland running backs coach Terry Richardson is about to have some extra space in his meeting room.

According to Daniel Martin of CSNBaltimore.com, Maryland running back Jacquille Veii has been granted his release and intends to transfer. This comes shortly on the heels of Albert Reid‘s decision to leave the program just a handful of days ago.

Veii rushed 19 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns a year ago. He also spent time at slot receiver, nabbing 16 passes for 230 yards.

Veii’s departure means junior Wes Brown, senior Brandon Ross and freshman Ty Johnson will split the load for the Terps in 2015.

NCAA grants Maryland QB Caleb Rowe and 7 Terps medical hardship

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Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe was one of eight Terrapins players to receive an extra year of eligibility through a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA. Maryland head coach Randy Edsall announced the eligibility updates on Wednesday.

Others on Maryland’s roster receiving an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA in addition to Rowe, according to The Washington Post, include defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu and Alvin Hill, tight end Andrew Isaacs, defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, running back Albert Reid and linebacker Cavon Walker.

Rowe tore an ACL last October to bring his 2014 regular season to an early end. Before going down for the year after appearing in four games, Rowe passed for 489 yards and five touchdowns. Rowe will be Maryland’s most experienced quarterback returning in 2015 after C.J. Brown graduated. Maryland went to file for a medical hardship waiver in February for Rowe and other Maryland players.

Rowe is sitting out of spring practices. Running back Wes Brown is also taking it easy this spring while rehabbing from surgery on his torn labrum.