Redshirt junior cornerback Marcus Lewis has decided to leave Maryland football for “personal reasons,” as first reported by InsideMdSports.
Lewis arrived last year as a highly-touted transfer from Florida State, and looked like he would make an immediate impact after a strong showing in the spring game. After starting the first three games of the season, he played in just two more. He recorded 11 tackles this season and had two passes broken up.
Lewis’ departure continues what’s been a rocky path for the Gonzaga (D.C.) graduate. He initially committed to Virginia Tech before flipping to Florida and eventually signing with Florida State. He played in just 12 games for the Seminoles but made five starts during his sophomore campaign.
Lewis was removed from the Terps’ depth chart this week, with RaVon Davis taking the other starting cornerback spot. Rayshad Lewis is listed as the backup in both spots this week, and Fa’Najae Gotay and Ahmad McCullough are listed as the backups to Antoine Brooks Jr. at nickel corner.
With Lewis and Qwuantrezz Knight both leaving, a deep Maryland secondary now looks a lot thinner. The Terps now have freshmen or sophomores as backups at each position, and with Darnell Savage Jr. and Davis in their last years of eligibility, this unit should be younger and less experienced next season.