Around this time every year, with scholarships to burn, a few Maryland football players (and their families) always receive a nice surprise. Last season, just days before the season opener, Coach Randy Edsall awarded six Terps scholarships, including linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and long snapper Greg Parcher.
This year, based off congratulations and thank-yous from Maryland players on Twitter (and confirmed by a team spokesman), four were informed of their new scholarships on Sunday: offensive lineman Michael Dunn, defensive back Tony Perry, wide receiver Regis Whittington and offensive lineman Gary Harraka.
— Abner Logan J®™ (@King_Ab46) August 25, 2013
— Nathan Renfro (@TheNateFro) August 25, 2013
Got a scholarship today. I just wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who has supported me these last four years.
— GT Harraka (@gharraka) August 25, 2013
Last week, Dunn beat out incumbent starter Andrew Zeller at right guard, despite his walk-on status and opening preseason camp as the backup right tackle. Dunn is a redshirt freshman from Bethesda.
Whittington moved from defensive back to wide receiver this offseason and is currently the third-stringer in the slot behind Stefon Diggs and Levern Jacobs. If injuries continue to ail Deon Long and Amba Etta — which caused Jacobs to move to the X last week — then Whittington might earn more time.
Harraka, a fourth-year junior who has served on the scout team for three seasons, was backing up Zeller at right guard before Dunn moved in. He’s likely the fifth available guard now, behind Dunn, left guard De’Onte Arnett, Zeller and backup left guard Silvano Altamirano.
Perry, a senior, recorded his first career tackle in the season finale against North Carolina. He’s listed as a third-string cornerback behind Dexter McDougle and Alvin Hill.