University of Maryland tailback George Scott was arrested early yesterday morning and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance. The arrest followed a police raid at his dormitory room.
Campus police Sgt. Greg Savard said Scott was taken into custody at 3:42 a.m. after campus police obtained a warrant and searched his La Plata Hall residence. He was released on his personal recognizance.
"Coach (Jerry) Claiborne and Mr. (Carl) James (athletic director) have talked about it but have no comment until the police investigation is over," said Jack Zane, sports information director at Maryland.
Scott also was not available for comment.
Sgt. Savard said he had no information as to why Scott's room was searched.
A 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, Scott was Maryland's leading rusher during the 1977 season, but sat out last year with a stress fracture of his shin.
Scott, expected to start in the Terrapin backfield this year, gained 581 yards his final three games as a sophomore to finish with 894 yards, the fifth best single-season mark by a Maryland runner. He scored six touch-downs.
Scott did not carry the ball in first five games of his freshman season in 1976. He got more playing time later and finished with 369 yards on 82 carries. He scored four touchdowns.
Scott carried 11 times for 47 yards in the Cotton Bowl, his freshman year. He ended his sophomore season by gaining 75 yards on 24 carries in Maryland's 17-7 victory over Minnesota in the Hall of Fame Classic. He scored both touchdowns in Maryland's only bowl victory since Claiborne took over as coach.
Scott has had four games of more than 100 yards, including a school-record 237 on a record 42 carries against Villanova in his sophomore season.