Two more players will be unavailable for Maryland come gamedays next season, as defensive tackle Zachariah Kerr and wide receiver Nigel King have been ruled ineligible by the NCAA, according to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times.
Kerr was a role player on the Terps last season, playing reserve defensive tackle, fullback in goal-line situations and at one point playing the role of one-man wedge on kickoff returns. He has been plagued by academic troubles throughout his career (Stevens says that’s the reason for his ineligibility), and we knew something was up when the spring depth chart came out. Kerr, who was the first defensive tackle off the bench last year, was listed as the fifth-stringer at A.J. Francis’s position after playing in every game over the past two seasons.
Honestly, with the amount of guys who have been asked to leave the team recently, I would be shocked to see Kerr play another down in a Maryland uniform. This quote from Randy Edsall supports that guess:
“I’m going to be meeting with Zach a little bit later this afternoon,” Edsall said. “We’re going to have further conversations about the direction we’re going to go.”
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Kerr had 21 tackles last season, including half a tackle for a loss, increasing his career total at Maryland to 23.
With King, this isn’t a very big deal. He was in and out of spring practice thanks to NCAA Clearinghouse Issues, and that seems to be the reason he can’t play. He will be able to practice, and will just serve a redshirt year this season. It was unlikely, although possible, that he would see any playing time as a true freshman, but the most likely scenario for him was a redshirt year, and that’s what’s going to happen now.
King will still have four years of eligibility left, while it looks like Kerr will just have the one (if any). King was listed as the third-string Z-receiver, behind Devin Burns and starter Kevin Dorsey. There are two other freshmen wide receivers coming into the program in Tyrek Cheesboro and Marcus Leak (not to mention transfer Adrian Coxson), so Maryland’s depth at that position won’t really be hurt by King’s inavailability this season. If anything, it just guarantees that he will be able to play as a fifth year senior.
It is unfortunate that academic woes continue to plague the program (the Terps were penalized three scholarships for poor APR scores under Ralph Friedgen), but Randy Edsall has said he will take a strong stand on academics at College Park, and a lot of the dismissals from the team this spring and summer seem to support that. Don’t be surprised if Zachariah Kerr, a blog favorite and Maryland’s version of Refrigerator Perry, is the next to go.