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Maryland starting OL Mike Madaras abruptly leaves the program

Maryland sophomore offensive lineman Mike Madaras, one of Randy Edsall’s first big-name recruits, is leaving the program.

Maryland offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Photo: Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post)Madaras started all eight games this season after playing in all 12 games and starting eight as a true freshman in 2012. He announced the decision with a statement released through the Terps athletic department:

This was a difficult decision, but after spending a lot of time thinking about my future and talking with my family. I have realized that my heart is not in the game of football or going to college at this time.

I did not think it was fair to my teammates to be out there playing when I didn’t share their passion for the game. I appreciate all of the support from Coach Edsall and the rest of the Maryland football coaches and support staff. I will be rooting for them in the future.

I appreciate all the support from Coach Edsall and the rest of the Maryland football coaches and support staff. I will be rooting for them in the future.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Madaras was a four-star recruit out of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel in 2012.

Following a successful true freshman campaign, Madaras reportedly failed to add any weight during the off-season and has struggled at times this seasons.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Madaras’ abrupt decision may have been brewing for some time:

Dave Madaras, who coached his son in youth football and later served as a volunteer coach at Good Counsel, traces his son’s disillusionment about college football to a two-week suspension in the summer for what the father called “bad behavior.”

“That might have been the beginning of it,” Dave Madaras said. “The bad behavior was an indication that something was wrong. I think he was saying, ‘I’m trying to send a signal. I’m struggling a little bit.’ It’s tough with a dad like me. I coached him a long time, and I’m sure it was tough for him to tell me he didn’t want to play football.”

… Dave Madaras said he supports his son’s decision, but he declined to comment on the timing of it eight games into the season.

“He’s not happy being at Maryland,” the father said. “It’s nothing against the team or the coaches, he just wants to figure out what he wants to do with his life.”

Madaras’ departure further depletes a Maryland offense that has been ravaged by injuries. The Terps’ most recent depth chart lists Jake Wheeler, a 6-7, 305-pound junior from Hollywood, Fla., as No. 2 behind Madaras at left tackle. Edsall could also move move 6-6, 305-pound freshman Moise Larose over from backup right tackle.

Maryland has a bye this week before facing Syracuse on Nov. 9. The Terps (5-3, 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) are looking to become bowl-eligible for the first time under Edsall.

Photo credit: Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post

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