The following news was expected, but now it is official.

Maryland wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro, defensive back Matt Robinson, defensive lineman Isaiah Ross and linebacker Kenny Tate all were approved for medical hardship waivers.

Cheeseboro, who played in three games on special teams in 2011, will have four years of eligibility remaining. Robinson, who started the first three games at safety, has three years of eligibility remaining.

Ross, who was injured in the season opener against Miami, will be a redshirt junior.

And Tate, of course, has one year left to play. Tate missed the final eight games of the year with an undisclosed injury.

“It was great news to hear that each of them gained another year,” Coach Randy Edsall said. “We are looking forward to having all four of these young men healthy for 2012.”

What’s your much-too-early outlook for how good this team will be in 2012?