Sarah Sopher / Testudo Times
Here’s how the Terps used the redshirt rule in the first year of the Mike Locksley era.
Maryland football completed its season on Saturday with a 19-16 loss to Michigan State, sending the Spartans to a bowl game.
This season was underwhelming for Mike Locksley in his first year with a new staff and talented roster, finishing with a 3-9 record — the program’s worst since 2015. But due to injuries and many other factors, some freshman saw valuable time on the field.
Under the new rule that was passed by the NCAA last year, players can play up to four games without losing a year of eligibility. Here is a look at who can and can’t take a redshirt following the 2019 season.
Freshman who can’t redshirt
DB Nick Cross — 12 games
DB Lavonte Gater — 12 games
P Colton Spangler — 12 games
DB Deonte Banks — 11 games
LB Sean Greeley — 11 games
WR Isaiah Hazel — 10 games
P Anthony Pecorella — 10 games
LB Cortez Andrews — 6 games
After coming to College Park from DeMatha as the highest rated recruit out of the state of Maryland, Cross played the largest role out of any of the players from the 2019 recruiting class. Even though he played in every game this season, Cross didn’t start until Oct. 19 against Indiana. He totaled 45 tackles and two interceptions in his first season as a Terp.
Banks saw playing time with injuries to senior defensive backs Marcus Lewis and Tino Ellis, furthering Maryland’s youth in its secondary. He notched 28 tackles and one interception, which came during the final game of the season against the Spartans.
Although he split time with fellow punter Pecorella throughout the season, Spangler became the more reliable option for the Terps, averaging 41.3 yards per punt.
Freshmen eligible to redshirt
QB Lance LeGendre — 3 games
DL Anthony Booker Jr. — 3 games
WR Dino Tomlin — 2 games
LB Deshawn Holt — 2 games
LB Kameron Blount — 2 games
OL Mason Lunsford — 2 games
QB Eric Najarian — 0 games
LB Kobi Thomas — 0 games
LS Paul Mouring — 0 games
Prior to separating his shoulder against Nebraska, LeGendre showed potential with his elusive running and playmaking ability. The freshman had specialized packages that were occasionally run by the offense to get him the ball in space.
The New Orleans native, who came in as a four-star recruit, received some valuable experience against a few tough Big Ten foes. LeGendre had seven rushes for 104 yards and one completion for seven yards.
OL Terrance Davis — 4 games (Knee)
WR DJ Turner — 3 games (DUI)
WR Jeshaun Jones — 0 games (tore ACL in fall camp)
DB Antwaine Richardson — 0 games (tore ACL in spring practice)
LB Durell Nchami — 0 games (tore ACL in fall camp)
Three of these Terps missed the entire season without playing a down in a game for Maryland. Richardson tore his ACL in the spring, while Jones and Nchami both suffered the same injury during fall camp, causing all three to sit out the 2019 year.
Turner was the starting slot wideout for the Terps and had a 55-yard punt return against Temple that almost won Maryland the game. But the following week, the DeMatha product was charged with driving under the influence. Locksley said later in the season that the team would utilize his redshirt and that Turner would miss the remainder of the year.
Davis, the Terps’ most experienced offensive lineman, started three games for Maryland before going down with a MCL sprain. After missing four games, Davis returned to the starting lineup to only tweak his knee again — possibly re-aggravating his injury — prior to the matchup with then-No. 14 Michigan on Nov. 2.
Possible medical waiver
RB Jake Funk — 3 games (torn ACL)
RB Lorenzo Harrison III — 2 games (torn MCL / partial ACL tear)
Both running backs suffered season-ending knee injuries in 2019. Funk took a redshirt for the 2018 season after breaking his hand in the first game against Texas and suffering an under-the-radar ACL tear against Ohio State in the last game of the season. In September, he re-tore the same ACL against Temple.
Before getting injured in 2019, Funk proved to be a great third option at running back for the Terps. He had 173 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts through the first three games of the season. He has 75 carries for 452 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns on his career since joining the team in 2016. Funk has also recorded 66 yards and two touchdowns on 13 caught passes.
Harrison stepped in to replace Funk once he went down with the ACL tear, but he quickly got hurt himself against Penn State on Sept. 27. Harrison was dealing with a hamstring injury early in the season, but injured his knee on his first touch against the Nittany Lions. In his four years in a Terp jersey, Harrison has 242 carries for 1,409 yards and nine touchdowns.