Linebacker Gabe Terry's career at Miami is over
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]iami linebacker Gabe Terry has been dismissed from the team.
Terry was arrested last Friday morning after being found by police face down on the steps near his dorm. He was in possession of 26.8 grams of marijuana, and was suspended indefinitely following the arrest.
“Gabe was suspended before the incident and we didn’t take him to the spring game. Gabe is no longer with our football team,” Golden said. “It’s done. Again, I apologize. I don’t know what [information] was released on our end, but he’s no longer with the team. He was suspended before the incident. We’ve separated and moved in another direction.”
Terry, sophomore, played in seven games last season, mostly on special teams. He made five tackles and blocked a punt.
He was suspended late last season and missed the Virginia and South Florida games.
Terry is the fourth Hurricanes defensive player and third linebacker gone from the team since the end of last season.
Last week, sophomore Eddie Johnson had signed with Hinds (Miss.) Community College. Johnson, who made 59 stops and led the team with 7.5 tackles in 2012, was suspended twice during the season.
The Hurricanes and junior Gionni Paul mutually parted ways in January. Paul started seven of the last eight games last year and finished third on the team with 61 tackles. He was suspended for the Florida State game for an undisclosed reason.
Junior cornerback Thomas Finnie, suspended in December after being arrested for his role in a campus laptop theft, left the team in January.
Terry, who a 3-star recruit out of Palm Beach (Fla.) Central High, has had a difficult and troubled past.
His father is serving a life sentence for murder while his mother was given a 24-month federal prison sentence for her role in a bank robbery.
When he was 14, Terry was arrested on burglary and larceny charges and sent to Boys Town, a center for wayward youth near Omaha, Neb. He returned to Palm Beach before his senior year in high school and became a standout linebacker and wrestler.
Golden said that past factored into the decision.
“It’s certainly case by case and it certainly has to do with the resume of the young man in terms of whether or not there were any incidents in his career here and whether or not he does all the things we ask him to do here,” he said.