Ten days after an incoming offensive lineman was not admitted due to academic issues, the Maryland football team suffered another blow to its front five. Tackle Moise Larose, a rising sophomore, has been suspended for one year for violating the athletics department’s student code of conduct.
“I want to apologize to all of those who have supported me during my time at the University of Maryland,” Larose said in a short news release by the athletic department. “I know I disappointed you with my poor decisions. I will learn from it and get better from this unfortunate situation that I brought onto myself.”
Larose played in four games last season, sliding into the starting left tackle role after the abrupt departure of Mike Madaras, another offensive lineman who had dealt with a department-issued suspension and similarly had become a true freshman first-stringer in 2012.
During preseason camp last summer, Larose impressed enough to earn the backup job behind Madaras and made spot appearances early in the season. Then Madaras left and Larose became the starter, albeit briefly.
“Now I’ve got to really grow up and make sure I’ve got my job done,” Larose said last November, several days before his first college start.
However, Larose suffered a season-ending foot injury in that start vs. Syracuse, which necessitated a significant reshuffling of Maryland’s offensive line. The former three-star recruit from Odenton, Md., and 2012 first-team All-Met at Wilde Lake High School spent this spring as a backup.
According to the Maryland student-athlete handbook, a one-year suspension is dealt for a third positive drug test. Athletes handed such suspensions can appeal within seven days of receiving notification of the sanction. A Maryland spokesman was unsure of whether Larose appealed his suspension, but said it was effective immediately.
This news comes less than two weeks after it was revealed that junior college signee Larry Mazyck would not enroll at Maryland due to a failure to meet the academic benchmarks required for admission. Still, the Terrapins return all but one starter along their offensive line and welcome highly touted recruits Derwin Gray and Damian Prince into the fold.