The Washington Times - March 5, 2009, 01:43PM

As one hard-luck guy misses another season (Jerome Burney), another Maryland player in another sport just got an extra year to work with.

Cornerback Richard Taylor’s medical hardship request was approved, ensuring he’ll pick up a sixth season of eligibility after missing almost all of the last two seasons with knee injuries.

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Taylor tore an ACL in the spring of 2007 and missed the entire season. He played three games last fall before doing it again.

As a matter of housekeeping, this leaves Maryland at 88 scholarships before any sort of qualification issues of signees, grayshirting or other attrition occurs. That’s not a bad place to be in terms of the numbers crunching, and Taylor’s return provides an extra cornerback to work with now that Kevin Barnes has departed.

Patrick Stevens