On his fourth college campus in four years, Ricardo Young could be looking to make it an imperfect “drive for five in five” in 2014.
Maryland confirmed Tuesday that the quarterback-turned-wide receiver has been suspended for the Terps’ Military Bowl against Marshall Friday. Because of the suspension, Young did not travel with the team to Washington D.C.
Other than the ubiquitous “violation of team rules,” no reason for the punitive measure was given.
The suspension was the latest low point for a player who was a highly-rated dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2010.
Signing with Virginia Tech that year, Young redshirted his true freshman season before transferring from the Hokies in August of 2011 to New Mexico. He left the Lobos after then-head coach and current Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was fired, spending part of 2012 at an Iowa community college before reuniting with Locksley and signing with Maryland in June of 2012.
Young did not play in 2012, and played only sparingly this season as he was ultimately moved to receiver due to a spate of injuries that slammed headfirst into the position.
The Washington Post hinted that yet another move could possibly be in Young’s future.
If Young, a junior, has enough credits to graduate this spring, he could conceivably seek another school at which to finish out his college career, though the suspension, the team official said, is only for the Military Bowl.
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Already this season — in the same game — Maryland has lost its top two wide receivers. Now, one of the receivers who helped fill those immense shoes will find himself on the sidelines as well.
On Thursday’s injury report ahead of the game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Levern Jacobs was ruled out due to the lingering effects of a concussion. Jacobs suffered the head injury during last Saturday’s double-digit loss to Syracuse.
Jacobs is third on the team, and tops among active pass-catchers, with 27 receptions for 489 yards.
Additionally, fellow receiver DeAndre Lane will not play against the Hokies due to a hamstring injury. As the Washington Post notes, the injuries leave the Terps with just five healthy receivers, one of whom, former Hokie Ricardo Young, was converted from quarterback recently. That quintet, the Post states, have totaled just 39 career receptions for 537 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Deon Long and Stefon Diggs, the two starting receivers who broke bones in their legs in the same mid-October game, remain one-two in receptions and receiving yards despite missing the past month of the season.
Finally, some good news at the quarterback position for Maryland.
As expected, it was reported Tuesday that quarterback C.J. Brown has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. The additional year comes after the player and the school applied for a medical hardship waiver.
Counting the 2013 season, Brown will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
During his time with the Terrapins, Brown suffered two season-ending injuries. In 2010, Brown broke his collarbone in the season opener and missed the remainder of the year. Last year, and carrying the front-runner label for the starting job, Brown suffered a torn ACL during summer camp.
He was one of four Terps quarterbacks to suffer season-ending injuries in 2012.
As far as the state of the position this offseason, the Baltimore Sun writes that “Ricardo Young has been taking many of the [first-team] practice snaps this spring while Brown works to come back.” Young transferred to Maryland in June of last year from New Mexico by way of Virginia Tech and the JUCO ranks.
The redshirt junior will start Maryland’s spring game Friday.