The Terrapins football team got their first blow of the 2014-15 season today. As tweeted out by Alex Prewitt, the university placed linebacker Abner Logan on disciplinary probation until April 2015.
The distinction is that the team did not place Logan on probation; the university itself did. The probation means that Logan, who already burnt his redshirt season, is permitted to practice but cannot participate in games.
Logan was previously suspended by the team for a violation of team rules, but this one is a big blow. It is essentially forcing Logan to lose a year because he was already a redshirt his freshman year. Logan finished last season with 37 tackles, fifteen of which came against Clemson at home. He was poised to play a prominent role this year in the linebacking corp, and losing him is a hit for the Terps depth. He was previously a backup inside linebacker who was expected to compete for a starting position.
Maryland is going to have to get creative recovering from this one. It really would’ve been nice to have Logan, who was a four-star coming out of high school and has shown flashes of being very good, at a position that already lost Shawn Petty from last year. Couple that with Jermaine Carter Jr. tearing his meniscus, and the Terps have Brock Dean and Jalen Brooks as the only LB backups on the roster. Lorne Goree and Cole Farrand better be healthy. This also means that Tyler Burke is probably going to be playing immediately upon his arrival into College Park.
Logan can petition the probation, though: