Maryland wide receiver withdraws from school
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]aryland wide receiver Marcus Leak has withdrawn from school and will not play during the 2013 season.
According to ESPN, the withdrawal is not related to academics.
A rising junior who has not redshirted, Leak started the first seven games of last season, but missed the final five after suffering a toe injury. That injury kept him out of spring practice, but he was expected to be healthy this fall.
Leak (6-1, 205) finished 2012 second on the team with 23 receptions and 393 yards and added two touchdown receptions.
Even without Leak, the Terps are expected to have one of the ACC’s deepest and most talented receiving corps. After missing spring ball, Leak was listed behind junior college transfer Deon Long on the depth chart.
Long, who was the nation’s No. 1 overall JUCO recruit in the 2013 class, is joined by sophomore Stefon Diggs and junior Nigel King in the starting rotation.
Diggs caught 54 passes for 848 yards and six touchdowns as a true freshman last season, and will be a pre-season all-conference pick.
King (6-3, 205) started in Leak’s absence last season and played well. He caught four passes for 72 yards in the season finale against North Carolina, and was a bright spot this spring.
Sophomores Levern Jacobs, Amba Etta-Tawo and Malcolm Culmer and junior Tyrek Cheeseboro provide solid depth.
Below is Leak’s full statement:
“I have withdrawn from the University of Maryland and will return home to North Carolina to be with my family while I deal with some personal issues. I would like to thank Coach (Randy) Edsall, my teammates and the rest of the Maryland football program for their continued support as I work through these personal matters. It is my intention to return to College Park in January. I look forward to rejoining my teammates and continuing my education at the University of Maryland.”
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