Randy Edsall on Levern Jacobs, Alex Twine: Still ‘gathering all the information’

August 26, 2014

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Maryland football Coach Randy Edsall declined to address the legal situations of wide receiver Levern Jacobs and Alex Twine in his first public appearance since the two upperclassmen were charged with second-degree assault late last week.

“It’s one of those situations where I really can’t talk about it. We are still in the process of gathering all the information and as soon as there is something for me to say based on that situation, we’ll get that information out,” Edsall said.

On Monday night, Jacobs and Twine were both listed on the two-deep depth chart. Jacobs, who led the team in receiving yards and receptions last season, is a projected starter Saturday against James Madison. Twine, a Gaithersburg native who starred at Quince Orchard, is a backup at inside linebacker.

Both players were charged Thursday with second-degree assault charges stemming from a July 19 incident in College Park. Twine has a district court appearance set for October 3 in Hyattsville.

Jacobs, who had blossomed as one of team’s most productive players during the preseason, had won the praise of Edsall during the second week of camp. He didn’t take part of team-wide activities during the first five days of camp, instead working on individual drills with an assistant coach. When asked Thursday whether his absence was because of an injury or related to punishment for the July 19 incident, Edsall didn’t rule either out.

“That’s something that I decided to do based on things that I felt that I needed to do in terms of what was in the best interest our program and what was in the best interest of Levern,” Edsall said.

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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