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Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Maryland football notes: Randy Edsall gives updates on a number of personnel issues

Some Maryland football notes after a long afternoon at Gossett Team House, where Coach Randy Edsall sat down with reporters on Friday.

— Defensive back-linebacker Desmond Kearse (academics) is no longer with the Maryland football program.

— Offensive lineman Pete DeSouza, who broke both legs in an October 2010 motor scooter accident, will no longer play football; he will be a student assistant.

— Wide receiver Nigel King is “good to go,” Edsall said. King, a freshman, had what amounted to a redshirt year last season after he was declared ineligible to play by the NCAA clearinghouse.

— When asked whether he expects both C.J. Brown and Danny O’Brien to be back at quarterback next season, Edsall said, “I would not have any reason to think otherwise.”

O’Brien, who broke his non-throwing arm against Notre Dame, will be limited in spring practice, which begins March 10. Edsall said there is “just some concern from a contact standpoint, but they don’t get hit in spring anyhow.”

— Tight end Dave Stinebaugh and safety Matt Robinson will also be limited in the spring.

Those who will be out for spring practice – the spring game is April 21 – include Tyrek Cheeseboro (knee), Makinton Dorleant (knee), Nick Ferrara (labral tear in right hip), Kenny Tate (knee) and Pete White (shoulder).

Regarding Tate, Edsall said, “He probably won’t be ready until August.”

— In Maryland’s new 3-4 defense, standout lineman Joe Vellano is expected to play defensive end. A.J. Francis and Darius Kilgo are likely to play tackle.

— Defensive line coach Greg Gattuso has been named assistant head coach.

— Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley’s recruiting territories include Prince George’s County, D.C., Southern Maryland, Tampa and Orlando. Defensive coordinator Brian Stewart will handle Northern Virginia and the east coast of Florida.

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