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Maryland football’s Lorenzo Harrison, D.J. Turner cleared of criminal charges

They’ll return to the team for spring practice.

NCAA Football: Purdue at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Dec. 26 and updated the next day when the school ended the players’ suspensions.

Maryland football’s Lorenzo Harrison and D.J. Turner have been cleared of all charges, the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office confirmed Wednesday.

Each player faced three counts of second-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of school molestation. The charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

The school announced in December that both players “will rejoin the football program in full capacity when the team begins offseason workouts.”

Harrison tweeted about it after the Terps’ Quick Lane Bowl loss to Boston College.

Maryland opens next season on the road against Texas, and Harrison and Turner will now be eligible for this game.

Both Harrison and Turner were suspended indefinitely after they shot at pedestrians with airsoft guns while driving around campus. Each was charged with three counts of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment and one count of school molestation, which is when a student is threatened on university property.

Each player missed the final four games of Maryland’s season.

Harrison was 57 yards away from breaking Maryland’s freshman rushing record at the time of his suspension. He finishes the season with 633 yards on 88 carries. He averaged 7.2 yards per rush, good for 16th in the country.

Turner had two receptions for 19 yards on six targets. Both were in their true freshman season out of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.

Maryland played without them for the last four games of the season. The two figure to factor extensively in offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s plans for next season.