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Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Maryland defensive back Avery Graham leaves football program

Maryland announced Wednesday that defensive back Avery Graham has decided to leave the football program. Graham will be given his unconditional release if he decides to transfer to another school.

“I am disappointed that Avery has decided to leave us,” Coach Randy Edsall said in a statement released by the school. “But he didn’t feel he was going to be a starter in the fall. Avery was a hard worker during his time here and we wish him well.”

Graham, who would have been a redshirt junior in the fall, was listed as one of the backups at cornerback on the spring practice depth chart.

In 13 career games, Graham collected 17 tackles as a reserve linebacker and cornerback. He also played special teams.

This past season, Graham played the hybrid outside linebacker-safety position for the first six games before suffering a knee injury against Clemson that sidelined him the rest of the season.

Graham played in seven games as a backup cornerback in 2010, missing six games with a groin injury.

Graham is the 13th Maryland player with eligibility remaining to leave the program since season’s end.

By  |  06:24 PM ET, 03/28/2012

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