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Maryland football’s Shane Cockerille and Antwaine Richardson out vs. Ohio State

The two defensive players didn’t even make the trip to Columbus.

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Maryland lost 62-14 to Ohio State on Saturday, and the Terps were without two of their starting defenders.

Senior linebacker Shane Cockerille and sophomore defensive back Antwaine Richardson didn’t make the trip to Columbus and did not play.

After the game, Durkin said Cockerille was “day-to-day” with the same issues that put his status with the team in question before the season. Richardson, meanwhile, suffered an injury at the end of Maryland’s win over Minnesota and wasn’t ready for this weekend.

Cockerille finished second in tackles last year, and his 26 tackles so far this season are also second behind Jermaine Carter Jr. He was suspended for the Quick Lane Bowl last year due to academic issues, and wasn’t reinstated until the week before the season opener against Texas.

Richardson came into this year as one of two starting safeties, but was carted off the field against Texas before returning against UCF and starting last week against Minnesota.

The Terps have already lost defensive end Jessie Aniebonam for the season, and missing two more starters certainly didn’t help. Sophomore Isaiah Davis and Tino Ellis started in place of Cockerille and Richardson, respectively.

This story was initially published when the absences were first reported. We’ve updated it with more information.