Maryland wide receiver Levern Jacobs and defensive back A.J. Hendy have been suspended for the entire season for violation of the student code of conduct, the school announced in a statement released Friday evening.
It was not immediately clear if Hendy was involved in a July 19 incident that resulted in a second-degree assault charge for Jacobs last week, although Randy Edsall acknowledged in the statement that the two were involved in the same incident. Hendy has not been charged with a crime, according to Maryland’s court record database.
Senior linebacker Alex Twine was charged with second-degree assault along with Jacobs but is expected to play in Saturday’s season opener against James Madison.
“I have spoken with Levern and A.J. and expressed my disappointment with their actions,” Edsall said in the statement. “They showed poor judgment and failed to uphold the standards of a student-athlete at the University of Maryland. Both Levern and A.J. were regretful and apologetic about their role in this incident and understand that their actions will not allow them to participate in the upcoming football season.”
Jacobs was listed as a starter on the team’s depth chart earlier this week, and the junior was expected to be a key contributor on the team’s offense this season. Hendy, a senior with three years of experience at safety, was listed as a backup to Sean Davis.