Maryland football starts its season in 35 days. Until then, we're profiling every player on the roster in our Profiles in Terpage series.
Wes Brown, running back
Weight: 210 pounds
High School: Good Counsel (Md.)
Jersey No.: 5
How he got to College Park
Brown was the team’s second-highest rated recruit in the class of 2012, trailing only his Good Counsel teammate Stefon Diggs. Brown was the No. 10 running back in the class of 2012 and the No. 4 player in Maryland, per the 247Sports Composite.
Brown played in eight games and rushed for 382 yards as a true freshman, second-most on the team. He was then suspended for the entirety of the 2013 season after he “was charged with felony wiretapping, second-degree assault and theft of less than $1,000 stemming from a July 3 incident with University of Maryland police and a Baltimore city police detective,” according to The Washington Post, though the charges were dropped.
Brown returned for the 2014 and was again the team’s second-leading rusher. He split carries with Brandon Ross for portions of the 2015 season before Ross eventually took on a bigger role. Brown was then suspended a second time late in the season, this time indefinitely, for a “violation of student conduct,” and missed the team’s final two games. He was back practicing with the team this spring.
A career highlight
Rushing for a career-high 121 yards against N.C. State.
Brown enters the season as a member of what looks to be a three-headed monster of sorts at running back. Maryland has a lot of options in the backfield with Brown, Virginia Tech transfer Trey Edmunds and speedy sophomore Ty Johnson. Brown could end up winning the starting job due to his experience with the team, but all three of the aforementioned backs should get touches, and that doesn’t even include the three freshman who will be competing with them as well.
What a dream season would look like
Brown wins the starting running back job sometime during the season, finally capitalizes on his potential and starts drawing NFL attention.
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