After Maryland football’s 59-0 loss to Penn State, head coach Mike Locksley said wide receiver DJ Turner did not play “to focus on non-football things,” but gave no further comment.
The senior was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after being stopped by University of Maryland police at approximately 1:23 a.m. on Sept. 20, according to police reports — as originally reported by the Washington Post.
Tuner was also charged with 11 other counts, including disobeying lawful order or direction of a police officer, reckless driving and other traffic violations — though there is no indication of an accident or any injuries involved.
This is the senior’s second time getting in trouble with the law while at Maryland. In 2016, Turner and running back Lorenzo Harrison III were suspended from the team after being charged with three counts of second-degree assault and three counts of reckless endangerment after a BB gun shooting incident on campus. Due to insufficient evidence, those charges were eventually dropped, but neither played in the final four games of that season.
Turner was off to a hot start in 2019, recording three catches for 84 yards, as well as returning three punts for 107 yards and a touchdown, through three games. He also had one kickoff return for 22 yards.
Fellow wide receiver Sean Savoy stepped into his place against Penn State, and he and Rayshad Lewis will likely help fill the role at slot receiver if Turner is suspended. The team has made no statement thus far.
Deputy managing editor Cody Wilcox also contributed to this report.