Suspended last month by Maryland for a second violation of the university’s student-athlete code of conduct, it was announced a week or so later that Juwann Winfree had decided to transfer from the Terps. As it turns out, he could end up back in his former school’s old conference stomping grounds.
The wide receiver confirmed to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he will take a visit to Pittsburgh July 20. He has no current plans to visit any other programs, although that could change depending on how his Pitt visit goes.
Andre Powell coached running backs at Maryland in 2014 before moving on to coach Pitt’s special teams under Pat Narduzzi, serving as Winfree’s most direct connection to the Panthers. The Tribune-Review added that “Winfree, who initiated the contact with Pitt, said he has spoken on the telephone with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman.”
He has yet to be offered a scholarship by Pitt, although a successful visit could flip that particular script.
Back in November of last year, Winfree was suspended for a pair of games for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct.
Last season, Winfree caught 11 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He would be forced to sit out the 2015 season, but would then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.
Remember a few years ago when jokes were made about how many players were choosing to leave the Maryland football program under head coach Randy Edsall? Those times have passed, but we have a theme running today on College Football Talk about players leaving their respective programs for one reason or another. Now we found a way to get Maryland in the mix.
Wide receiver Juwann Winfree has left the Maryland program, the school announced Wednesday. This news comes less than two weeks after Edsall suspended Winfree for a violation of Maryland’s student-athlete code of conduct.
Winfree caught 11 passes for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Maryland in 2014. His role in the Terps figured to be more significant in 2015 after some roster turnover from last fall. As noted previously, Maryland was already in a position to replace the top four receivers from a year ago. Stefon Diggs left early for the NFL, Jacquille Veii transferred and Marcus Leak withdrew from the university last month. Now Winfree will be looking to take his game elsewhere.
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.
Maryland will be lacking in wide receiver depth this week when the Terrapins head to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan. Stefon Diggs, who was eligible to return to the field this week after serving a one-game suspension, is not expected to play against the Wolverines due to a kidney injury.
The Baltimore Sun reports Diggs has not practiced this week and will not play this weekend at Michigan. Diggs suffered a lacerated kidney on November 1 in a road game at Penn State. It was initially feared Diggs may not return for Maryland’s final games, so missing the Michigan game may not be a shock.
Diggs was forced to miss last weekend’s home game against Michigan State due to a suspension issued by the Big Ten, but he likely would have missed the game anyway due to the injury. Diggs was suspended for pregame conduct at Penn State, in which Diggs made contact with a Big Ten official during a pregame scuffle.
With Diggs reportedly unavailable this week, Jacquille Veii is expected to get the start in his place for a second straight game. Veii had four catches for 45 yards last weekend against Michigan State.
Juwann Winfree will also be unavailable this week. He was suspended by the team for two games earlier this week for a violation of team rules.