While the jury’s still out on one transfer’s eligibility, Maryland football can count Virginia Tech transfer Sean Savoy among its active body. The wide receiver-turned-cornerback was cleared by the NCAA recently and will be eligible to play in the fall, per multiple reports, with two seasons remaining.
The Terps are still waiting for word on whether Ohio State linebacker transfer Keandre Jones will be available.
Savoy quietly enrolled in the spring along with Jones, becoming the first transfers in the Mike Locksley era. Savoy played receiver at Virginia Tech, totaling 763 yards from scrimmage and eight career touchdowns in his two seasons. His best season came his freshman year with now-Maryland grad transfer Josh Jackson as his quarterback. The Washington, D.C., native had 454 receiving yards and 116 rushing yards in 2017.
Savoy’s eligibility case likely hinged on him coming close to home after a recent trauma, per NCAA transfer policies. Savoy’s brother was shot and killed in October 2017, and now the DMV native will be near his family again.
Facing a crowded receivers room, Maryland’s staff moved Savoy to the defensive side of the ball when he transferred in. Savoy played on both sides of the ball in high school, and the Terps have had success helping players make the switch. Four-star receiver Tino Ellis converted to cornerback as a freshman and has developed into a staple on the outside.
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The news comes the same day offensive lineman Brian Plummer, tight end Andrew Park and defensive lineman Oseh Saine were removed from the online roster. The departures bring Maryland under the 85-scholarship limit. Plummer and Saine combined for 34 appearances, while Park never saw game action. The roster was previously updated Tuesday with new numbers for incoming players.
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The NCAA is actively seeking to limit the amount of transfers given immediate eligibility and approved more stringent guidelines, requiring more detailed documentation, from USA Today.
Athletic Director Damon Evans announced some changes to his staff this week, hiring Brian Ullmann to the be an executive associate athletic director and his chief strategy officer. Ullmann was with the department until 2017, when he left to join the private sector. Mark Sherburne was also promoted from overseeing facilities to the senior associate athletic director of administration.
And former Terp LaMonte Wade was reportedly called up to join the ranks of the pros on Wednesday night — though nothing has been confirmed by the team itself yet. All-Star outfielder Eddie Rosario sprained his ankle and Wade was the last healthy outfielder on the 40-man roster.