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 Pickett has withdrawn from Maryland, rather than taking a temporary leave of absence.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.”
University of Northern Iowa Panther baby!
— Makinton dorleant (@2MDorleant3) December 9, 2012