Ricardo Young suspended for Military Bowl, former asst. Greg Gattuso won’t coach game

December 24, 2013

(Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post)

Maryland quarterback Ricardo Young, who came to his fourth college seeking opportunity and another fresh start, has been suspended for the Military Bowl for a violation of team rules, a team official said Tuesday. He did not travel with the Terrapins to the team hotel in Washington D.C. and the status of his future with the program remains uncertain.

Young appeared in just three games during his junior season, carrying twice against both Old Dominion and Clemson. When a rash of injuries fell several wide receivers, including close friends Deon Long and Stefon Diggs, Young accepted a positional switch and spent the final weeks of the season learning to play slot receiver.

“Ricardo is a good athlete, so in terms of his running ability and everything along those lines, he’s fine,” Coach Randy Edsall said in November, days before Maryland faced one of Young’s former schools, Virginia Tech. “He’s got good hands. It’s the fundamentals and the technique of route-running and reading coverage as you’re coming off the ball. Those are the things he really has to get up to speed with and do. A lot of that will be predicated on what happens at that position, if there’s injuries or not, or how quickly he gets up to speed and being able to function within the scheme of what we’re doing.”

Young never actually saw much meaningful time at wide receiver, earning a participation credit against the Hokies but sitting out the final two weeks. The former first-team all-Met selection from H.D. Woodson – and the 2010 Washington D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year – redshirted with the Hokies in 2010, transferred to New Mexico in Aug. 2011, briefly moved to Iowa Western Community College after then-Lobos head coach Mike Locksley was fired and finally reunited with Locksley at Maryland in June 2012.

An athletic dual-threat quarterback, Young demonstrated his potential during spring football, when quarterbacks C.J. Brown, Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe were all still rehabilitating torn ACLs. He played well but wound up losing the backup quarterback job to Rowe and spent the majority of the fall ranked third on the depth chart.

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. Either way, Maryland returns a crowded quarterback situation that includes the starter Brown, the backup Rowe, the fourth-stringer Hills, former Elite 11 selection Shane Cockerille (redshirt freshman in 2014) and incoming Under Armour all-American Will Ulmer.

>> Former Maryland assistant Greg Gattuso, who was recently hired as the new head coach at Albany, will not coach the Military Bowl, a Terps official said. He was originally supposed to have his swan song in Annapolis, but has hit the ground running in the new position.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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