Maryland football is once again without starting linebacker Shane Cockerille, head coach DJ Durkin confirmed at his press conference Tuesday.
Heading into Maryland’s matchup with Ohio State, Cockerille was the team’s second-leading tackler, behind Jermaine Carter Jr. After Cockerille didn’t make the trip to Columbus, Ohio, last weekend, Durkin added more clarity about his status with the team:
“He’s always, really, day-to-day with the program. Again there’s been a lot of things, a lot of circumstances, and my point on this is that we’re trying to help Shane out for his life. And if he’s in alignment with what’s going on in the program, and he’s earned the right to be on the field and represent us, then he’ll be able to do that. When he’s not, he won’t be. Either way, we’re helping. Shane is still part of the team.”
Cockerille started opposite Carter at linebacker every game but the Quick Lane Bowl last season, when Cockerille was first suspended for academics. He was considered day-to-day throughout the spring and summer, before getting cleared before the season opener. Now it appears those issues have returned.
In his stead, the Terps have sophomore linebacker Isaiah Davis, who started in Maryland’s bowl game last year and again against Ohio State. Davis has had a solid relief stint, most recently being a part of the tackle that forced Buckeyes’ running back J.K. Dobbins to fumble last Saturday.
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