RB Justus Pickett, DB Makinton Dorleant leaving Maryland football team

Justus Pickett had four touchdowns this season. (Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post)

Running back Justus Pickett and defensive back Makinton Dorleant will both leave the University of Maryland effective at the end of the fall semester, an athletics spokesperson confirmed on Monday.

Pickett, a sophomore who finished the 2012 season second on the team with four total touchdowns, will return home to North Carolina to “attend to a family matter.” Pickett has withdrawn from Maryland, rather than taking a temporary leave of absence. 

Pickett developed into a reliable third-down running back as a deft pass-catcher, recording 142 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 69 carries as well as 19 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown. He was the only one of Maryland’s four running backs to appear in all 12 games. 

Dorleant, who appeared in all 12 games on special teams as a redshirt freshman this season and registered four tackles, will transfer to the University of Northern Iowa. According to his twitter account, Dorleant visited Northern Iowa this past weekend, tweeting pictures of the program’s facilities

Per a Northern Iowa spokesperson, Dorleant’s transfer paperwork hasn’t come through the athletic department yet, but Dorleant tweeted the following Sunday morning, also changing his Twitter biography to read, “UNI 16.”

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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