Maryland Coach Randy Edsall, via his Twitter account, announced a variety of personnel moves on Tuesday afternoon, including departures, transfers, injuries for spring football and one graduation.
According to Edsall’s account, the following players will be sidelined for spring football: safety Milan Collins, linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, defensive back Elvis Dennah, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, offensive lineman Derwin Gray, wide receiver Deon Long, defensive lineman Kingsley Opara, cornerback Jarrett Ross, defensive lineman Ty Tucker and linebacker Alex Twine.
Many of these are unsurprising. Long and Diggs continue to rehabilitate their respective broken legs suffered against Wake Forest during the 2013 season. Cudjoe-Virgil, who figures to replace Marcus Whitfield as the starting “Will” linebacker this season, tore his pectoral muscle against Virginia and missed the rest of the season.
Twine, a special teams guru who had 49 tackles last fall, underwent labrum surgery after the season ended, according to his Twitter account. Ross (torn labrum) and Dennah had similar procedures. Opara served a redshirt season and later also had labrum surgery in October. Collins had fractured his ankle during preseason camp while “horsing around in the dorm room,” though judging by his Twitter account it also appears he underwent a recent surgery as well on his toe.
Edsall also announced the withdrawal of linebacker Shawn Petty, best known for his four-game stint as the Terrapins’ starting quarterback during the injury-riddled 2012 season. Petty returned to his inside linebacker post this season and played well as a backup, earning his first career start on the defensive end against Clemson. According to Edsall, Petty will “enroll elsewhere in the fall,” while walk-on offensive lineman Dylan O’Connor will transfer after the semester.
The final move comes as little shock as well. Quarterback Ricardo Young, playing at his fourth college, will graduate after the spring semester, effectively ending his tenure with the Terrapins. Young spent most of the season as the third-string quarterback and for a brief stint practiced as a wide receiver once Long and Diggs, his close friends, got hurt. But he was suspended for the Military Bowl loss to Marshall for a violation of team rules and didn’t travel with Maryland to its team hotel in Washington.