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Maryland RB Lorenzo Harrison III medically retires from football


Maryland running back Lorenzo Harrison III announced he is medically retiring from football. In a statement shared on his Twitter account on Monday afternoon, Harrison cited his history with knee trouble as a reason he is stepping away from playing football moving forward.

“[During] the last game I competed in, I suffered a severe knee injury,” Harrison explained. “Due to those circumstances which are far out of my control, I believe it is in my best interest to convert my focus from ball to the next great thing God has in store for me. With that being said, I am medically retiring from the game that has given me everything I could ever ask for.”

The last game Harrison played was on Sept. 27, 2019 at home against Penn State. In Maryland’s 59-0 loss to the Nittany Lions, Harrison had one rushing attempt for an eight-yard gain. It is in that game Harrison says his knee injury was suffered.

Harrison’s final two seasons in a Maryland uniform saw injuries get in the way of keeping him on the field and a part of the offense. Harrison rushed for 633 yards in 2017 and 622 yards in 2018 before being held to just 84 yards in 2018 and 70 yards in 2019 in a combined total of five games the last two years.

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On Wednesday, Maryland running back Lorenzo Harrison and wide receiver DJ Turner (both freshmen) were arrested and charged with three counts of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. The incident leading to the charges occurred earlier this month. Maryland has suspended both players.

“We are aware of the situation and take these matters very seriously,” Maryland said in a statement. “The two student-athletes involved have been suspended indefinitely for violating the student-athlete code of conduct. This matter has also been referred to the Office of Student Conduct for further review.”

Harrison is Maryland’s second-leading rusher with 633 yards and five touchdowns in nine games. Turner has appeared in eight games and caught two passes for 19 yards.