Maryland’s wide receiver group has taken a hit up at the top. In a statement released on Thursday, junior Marcus Leak announced he would be leaving the program to deal with personal issues. He did add, however, that he plans to re-enroll at Maryland next year.
“I have withdrawn from the University of Maryland and will return home to North Carolina to be with my family while I deal with some personal issues,” Leak said in his statement. “I would like to thank Coach (Randy) Edsall, my teammates and the rest of the Maryland football program for their continued support as I work through these personal matters. It is my intention to return to College Park in January. I look forward to rejoining my teammates and continuing my education at the University of Maryland.”
According to ESPN.com, the situation is not believed to be academic related.
Leak was the team’s second-leading receiver last year with 23 receptions and 393 yards for a pair of touchdowns. However, he missed the final five games of the year because of a broken toe. Though the injury kept him out of spring practices, he was expected to start for the Terps this season.
The good news is Maryland does have some depth at receiver with Stefon Diggs and Deon Long.