More bad news out of College Park today, as former four-star linebacker Abner Logan has been placed on disciplinary probation by the school until April 2015. Logan will still be attending school and practices (this is not a Wes Brown situation or even a Marcus Leak situation), but will not be allowed to play in games during the length of the suspension.
Logan can reportedly attempt a sort of appeals process on October 10 (or later), and could potentially return for the second half of the Terrapins' season. The linebacker's original suspension was announced in April, and was intended to carry just through the semester.
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The linebacker was rated as the third-best prospect in Maryland's Class of 2012, behind Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown. He redshirted in his first season on campus (and therefore will likely lose an eligibility this season). As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Logan played in all 12 games, recording 37 tackles with two for a loss.
The sophomore was expected to play a key reserve role this season behind starters Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree, and was listed as Goree's primary backup on the spring depth chart. With Shawn Petty gone, that leaves Jermaine Carter, Jr., Jalen Brooks and Brock Dean as current options on campus -- all of whom had injury issues in spring -- and incoming true freshman Tyler Burke as another potential player at the position.
To make matters worse, this doesn't solve Maryland's scholarship crunch either (as far as we know). The Terrapins will still have to remove two players' scholarships before the beginning of the season to meet NCAA requirements.
Via the article linked above, Logan sent out a statement on the matter.
“I sincerely apologize to the University of Maryland community, my coaches, teammates, fans of Maryland Athletics and my family,” Logan said in a statement. “In no way did I intend for my indiscretion to harm or damage the reputation or the esteem of the University of Maryland or its athletic department. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the sanctions passed down by the University. Moving forward, I can only hope that I can regain the trust and confidence of those who I have thoroughly disappointed.”
Logan recorded a career-high 10 tackles in Maryland's loss against Syracuse.