What was expected is now official: Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien, along with offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson will leave the program. All three requested and have been granted their releases from the football program.

“I am disappointed by Danny’s decision,” Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “Danny told me that he is not committed to our program, that he is not ‘all in.’ I want what’s best for all of our players. Danny wants a fresh start elsewhere. I wish him well.”

O’Brien, the 2010 ACC rookie of the year, played in nine games (seven starts) last season. The third-year sophomore completed 150 of 266 passes for 1,648 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

If O’Brien graduates from Maryland in the spring, he can transfer to another FBS school and play immediately, so long as he enrolls in a graduate program not offered at Maryland.

Garcia, a sophomore, started all 12 games at left tackle in 2011. He played in just two games as a true freshman in 2010.

“Max showed great promise,” Edsall said in a statement. “But after two seasons in College Park, Max is still homesick. He wants to transfer to a school close to home (Norcross, Ga.) so his family can see him play.”

Rowson played in 11 games, including four starts, as a redshirt freshman in 2011. He posted 27 tackles, including three tackles for loss and one sack.

“Mario wants to play defensive back. Trouble is, we see Mario as a linebacker,” Edsall said. “I wish Mario well, wherever he decides to play.

“Our primary mission is making our players the best students, the best athletes and the best individuals they can be. Spring practice opens March 10. All of the coaches and players are counting the days until we get back on the field. We have a lot to prove in 2012.”

By my count, 12 players with eligibility remaining have now left the program since the season ended. And 24 players have left the program for various reasons since Edsall was hired in January 2011.

[Update] Edsall: O’Brien cannot play for Vanderbilt.

Much more to come...

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