An off-field situation will keep Maryland’s DJ Turner from contributing on the field moving forward, at least as far as 2019 is concerned.
Late last month, Turner was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. The wide receiver hasn’t played in the three games since, serving an unofficial non-suspension suspension.
As had been speculated, Mike Locksley confirmed Wednesday that the wide receiver will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2019 season.
“We’re going to keep supporting him as we have been,” the head coach said according to the Washington Post, “but we’re going to utilize the redshirt season that he has and hopefully get him back next year to play.”
Because he played in just three games, Turner will be able to take advantage of the revamped redshirt rule, which allows a player to play in four or fewer games without losing a season of eligibility.
In the three games this season, Turner has caught four passes for 84 yards. Last season, he totaled 159 yards and a touchdown on 13 receptions.
This was not the first time Turner has been suspended by the team. In 2016, Turner and running back Lorenzo Harrison were suspended for their role in a BB gun incident. The two players were charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Although the charges were later dropped, the two players missed four games.