Maryland freshman safety Markquese Bell and redshirt junior cornerback Alex Woods are “dealing with an issue with the student athlete code of conduct” and will be held out of practice and games indefinitely, Terrapins Coach DJ Durkin said Friday.
Durkin did not provide specific details on the issues that Bell and Woods are dealing with and provided no timetable on the players’ possible return.
“We have two young men dealing with an issue with the student-athlete code of conduct. They will be held out of practice and play until that’s resolved,” Durkin said on a teleconference with reporters.
Durkin also said Friday that he had decided on a starting quarterback but would not announce it until Monday, when the depth chart is released.
The loss of Bell in particular could have an immediate impact on Maryland’s secondary, which will be tested right away in the season opener at Texas on Sept. 2. A four-star recruit from Bridgeton, N.J., Bell was graded as one of Maryland’s best recruits in the class of 2017 and got a head start by enrolling early last winter.
He was considered a contender to start at safety throughout camp and took first-team reps during Maryland’s open scrimmage last weekend.
While not as heralded of a prospect as Bell, Woods was expected to provide valuable depth at cornerback after transferring from Lackawanna College last year. He had previously committed to West Virginia.
The coach has not made any announcement on the future of senior linebacker Shane Cockerille, who was suspended for undisclosed reasons before last season’s Quick Lane Bowl and did not practice with the team during the spring.
Durkin allowed Cockerille to return to the team for fall camp, and while he has been mostly running with the first-team defense, Durkin has not yet formally said whether Cockerille will play against Texas.