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Maryland football roster faces turnover following Michael Locksley’s first season

Maryland wide receiver Carlos Carriere is one of at least 15 players who is no longer with the program. (Julio Cortez/AP)
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Once the Maryland football team returned from its season finale at Michigan State, Coach Michael Locksley spent all day Sunday and Monday meeting individually with his players, some of whom have chosen to leave the program. Many of the decisions were mutual between the player and the Maryland staff.

The Terrapins (3-9, 1-8 Big Ten) had a disappointing season, losing seven straight games to finish the year. Locksley said the evaluation of his staff will take place in the next couple weeks while the coaches are on the road recruiting.

As soon as Locksley took over as head coach last December, he said his priority was to recruit the players already in the program. Locksley chose not to retain any assistant coaches from the previous staff, but only a few players decided to leave. After one year in charge, far more have opted to head elsewhere, though only a few so far were key contributors this past season.

“I’ll be in the office pretty much for a day and a half, putting this season to bed, meeting with each individual player to talk about where they are in our program, the expectations we have moving forward,” Locksley said last week of his meetings, which were scheduled for Sunday and Monday. “Some guys may decide that this isn’t the place that they want to be.”

The NCAA’s transfer portal, which debuted in October 2018, eases the process for players who hope to finish their careers at other programs. Coaches use the portal to see a comprehensive list of players they can recruit.

Below is a list of players, listed alphabetically, who will not be with the program next season. Some players, as noted, have announced their decisions, while the others have been confirmed through a person familiar with the situation. Apart from running backs Anthony McFarland Jr. and Javon Leake, who both declared for the NFL draft, all these players have been removed from Maryland’s online roster.

The list will be updated.

Fofie Bazzie, defensive back: Bazzie, a sophomore from Silver Spring, Md., played in seven games this past season and recorded four tackles. He announced his decision on Twitter, noting he will be a graduate transfer with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Carlos Carriere, wide receiver: Carriere, one of many sophomore receivers on the roster, caught 12 passes for 137 yards. The 6-foot-5 receiver’s lone touchdown of the season came against Syracuse. He played in every game and started two.

Treron Collins, defensive back: The freshman from Fairburn, Ga., played in three games. He was part of Locksley’s first recruiting class.

Jayden Comma, wide receiver: The sophomore had one catch 22 yards. The Roswell, Ga., native played in five games. He announced his decision on Twitter.

Terrance Davis, offensive lineman: Maryland’s most experienced offensive lineman entered the transfer portal, reported in late December. Davis only played in four games last season and will use a redshirt. He will be a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility. He is still on Maryland football’s online roster.

Tyler Devera, tight end: The freshman announced his intention to transfer during the season. He appeared in one game and was part of Locksley’s first recruiting class.

Antonio DiCerbo, fullback: The junior appeared in eight games before leaving the team in early November.

Brandon Gaddy, defensive lineman: The sophomore from Virginia Beach played in 10 games this season but never started. He finished the season with 16 total tackles. He announced his decision on Twitter.

Breyon Gaddy, offensive lineman: Brandon Gaddy’s twin brother moved from defense in the offseason to bolster depth on the thin offensive line. The former four-star recruit appeared in five games but did not start. He announced his decision on Twitter.

Parris Heath, offensive lineman: Heath joined Maryland’s program from junior college as part of Locksley’s first recruiting class. He didn’t appear in any games this season. He announced his decision to transfer on Twitter.

Paul Inzerillo, kicker: The junior made two extra points against Howard and missed one against Temple. He had four kickoffs, averaging 56.5 yards. He announced his decision to transfer on Twitter.

MJ Jarrell, wide receiver: The sophomore from Orlando only appeared in the Howard game. He announced his decision on Twitter.

Javon Leake, running back: The junior emerged as Maryland’s leading rusher with 736 yards. The Big Ten return specialist of the year announced Wednesday he would forgo his final season of eligibility to declare for the NFL draft.

Anthony McFarland Jr., running back: Maryland’s standout player announced Tuesday he would forgo his remaining two seasons of eligibility to declare for the NFL draft. McFarland, the team’s second-leading rusher, ran for 614 yards this past season, when he was hampered by injuries. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2018.

Sean Nelson, wide receiver: The redshirt sophomore played in the first two games of the season and had one catch for six yards.

Sean Savoy, wide receiver: The junior, who transferred to Maryland from Virginia Tech in January left the team in early November. He had been Maryland’s starting slot receiver following DJ Turner’s suspension for driving while under the influence of alcohol. After a standout freshman season in 2017 with the Hokies, Savoy recorded just six catches for 56 yards while at Maryland.

Robert Schwob, tight end: The junior from Annapolis announced his decision to enter the transfer portal. He appeared in one game and did not record a reception. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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