A Maryland campus police spokesman said Friday that Terrapin wide receiver Ronnie Tyler’s second-degree assault charge stemmed from an altercation in which Tyler punched a man in the presence of a police officer and then fled early Thursday morning.
Tyler and Quintin McCree, another senior wide receiver, were suspended indefinitely by Maryland coach Randy Edsall. Marc Limansky, the university police spokesman, said McCree was present during the altercation but was not arrested or charged.
In a statement released late Thursday, Maryland said there was no timetable on the reinstatement of either receiver.
Limansky said Tyler punched a 33-year-old non-student from New York after an argument escalated outside the 7-11 at the 4400 block of Knox Road in College Park. Tyler then saw a police officer and fled onto campus. He was arrested outside of Allegany Hall.
“It happened right in front of one of our guys,” Limansky said.
Tyler’s trial date was set for Nov. 1.
Tyler had six receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown in Maryland’s season-opening victory over Miami. McCree had seven catches for 39 yards in the 32-24 win.
It is uncertain who will play a larger role for the Terps when they face No. 18 West Virginia on Saturday, though junior Kerry Boykins would be a logical candidate to start along with junior Kevin Dorsey. Senior Tony Logan was the only other wideout to appear in the opener.