Running back D.J. Adams was granted his release from his scholarship and says he is transferring from Maryland to pursue his football career with another program.

“I am sincerely thankful for both the academic and athletic opportunities afford to me as a University of Maryland football player,” Adams said in a statement. “The 2011 Maryland football season proved to be extremely challenging and disappointing for me and my fellow teammates. After prayerful consideration, I believe it is best for me to continue my education and collegiate football career elsewhere.”

After rushing for 11 touchdowns last season, the redshirt sophomore saw little playing time this past season under first-year Coach Randy Edsall. His lack of carries became one of the more perplexing problems surrounding the team.

Adams was held out of Maryland’s season-opening win over Miami because of a violation of team rules.

He finished the year with 40 carries for 174 yards and four touchdowns. In 2010, he had 67 carries for 239 yards in addition to leading the team in rushing touchdowns.

“I take with me cherished memories of Terrapin football, lifelong friendships and valuable life lessons,” Adams said. “I wish Coach Edsall, the coaching staff and the Maryland football program as a whole much success today and always.”