Maryland freshman football players Lorenzo Harrison and DJ Turner have been cleared of all charges stemming from an alleged BB gun incident on campus in November, the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Office confirmed on Wednesday.
Harrison and Turner each had been originally charged with three counts of second-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of school molestation, which is levied when a student or individual has been threatened with bodily harm on university property, for their alleged roles in the incident on Nov. 6.
“Charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence to go forward,” said Gina Ford, who serves as the public information officer for the state’s attorney office. Ford said that the charges were dropped on Monday. Harrison had originally been schedule to stand trial on Jan. 17, while Turner was originally due in court on Jan. 30.
Attorneys for both players could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.
Both Harrison and Turner, former teammates at local high school powerhouse DeMatha who signed with Maryland last February, were suspended by the school for the final four games of the season due to the incident. The university’s Office of Student Conduct reviewed Harrison and Turner’s cases in December, and both were later cleared to rejoin the team when offseason workouts begin later this month. The school put out a short statement after both players were reinstated on Dec. 27: “Lorenzo Harrison and DJ Turner will rejoin the football program in full capacity when the team begins offseason workouts.”
Harrison, who emerged as one of the Big Ten’s best freshman through the first nine games of the season, was suspended when he was 57 yards shy of breaking the school’s freshman rushing record of 689 yards set by LaMont Jordan in 1997. While Harrison did not play in the team’s loss to Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl in late December, he made the trip to Detroit with the team and later tweeted that he expected to be back on the field when the team opens the season next September at Texas. Harrison was second on the team with 7.2 yards per carry and was the first freshman running back in school history to score touchdowns in each of his first four games.
Turner played his freshman season as mostly a reserve wide receiver, catching two passes for 16 yards while also contributing on special teams.