A new day, but the news seems to be pretty similar. Three more players decided to leave the Maryland Football program today. Running Back’s Rahsaan Moore and Jeremiah Wilson and Safety Titus Till have decided to leave the program. All three were redshirt freshmen. They will all have to sit out a year if they decide to stay at the FBS level, but can play immediately at the FCS level or below. In addition to the three players leaving the program, DeShawn Dowdy, a wide receiver from Ohio, de-commited from the Terrapins less than two weeks after committing to coach Randy Edsall and the Maryland program.
Moore was in the lead for the starting fullback spot in the summer before true freshman Tyler Cierski overtook him. Moore was listed as the backup until Oct. 12 when he was suspended indefinitely for violating team policies.
Wilson hadn’t seen much playing time this year. He finished the year with 5 carries for 16 yards and a reception for 4 yards. He hadn’t seen a carry since the game against Virginia on November 5th.
Till saw limited action at the beginning of the season, but took over as the starter after Matt Robinson went down in the third game of the year. At the time of his injury Robinson was the leading tackler on the team. Till lost his starting spot after a personal foul penalty against him in the Virginia game. He played sparingly in the games against Notre Dame and Wake Forest, but didn’t see the field at all in the finale against NC State. Till finished the season with 44 tackles and one-half tackle for loss.
Via a press release:
“We appreciate the effort of all three of these young men and wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors,” head coach Randy Edsall said.
Future endeavors? Randy Edsall sounds more like John Laurinaitis from the WWE each passing day. Till is clearly the biggest loss of the day, but RT R.J. Dill’s departure yesterday will likely have the biggest impact on the team next season. Wilson’s departure is the biggest head-scratcher of the day, as he likely would have entered the spring in competition with Justus Pickett for the starting running back spot. He may not have won it, but he likely would still get a decent amount of carries.
At this point, I guess we need to start wondering if the football team will follow the basketball team and be fielding walk-ons all over the field next year. The incoming recruiting class has just 18 guys so far, and have lost out on a lot of the major talent in the area. The 2012 class Edsall has put together ranks as the 11th best, not in the country, but in the 12-team ACC. Maryland has one player being recruited as a running back in the 2012 class, Joe Riddle (The 116th ranked RB in the country) from Linganore in Frederick. However, once you read his scouting report, most scouts see him as a safety in college.
There is still time for Maryland and coach Edsall to recruit a running back, or convert a player or two, but the Terps were already dangerously thin at running back before Wilson decided to leave. Meanwhile, no word on quarterbacks Danny O’Brien or C.J. Brown. More updates as they come.
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