Maryland dismissed right guard Justin Lewis from its football program, the school said today.
In a statement released by the athletic department, first-year coach Randy Edsall said Lewis violated team policies.
“As with any organization there are policies which must be adhered to by all individuals and when they’re not, there are consequences for an individual’s actions,” Edsall said.
Lewis’ dismissal leaves sophomores Josh Cary and Pete White as the Terrapins’ most obvious options at right guard.
The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Lewis started 12 games as a sophomore in 2010, missing only the regular season finale against N.C. State. Lewis played in 21 games at Maryland, starting 15. He missed this spring while recovering from offseason surgery.
Lewis was Rivals.com’s 61st-ranked offensive guard in the class of 2008. After a redshirt year, he played in nine games in 2009 and started in losses to Virginia, Duke and Boston College.
Lewis is the 11th player with eligibility remaining to leave the program since Edsall’s hiring, joining fullback Haroon Brown, defensive lineman Ian Davidson, linebacker Ryan Donohue, tailback Gary Douglas, defensive end Derek Drummond, safety Travis Hawkins, linebacker Ben Pooler, quarterbacks Jamarr Robinson and Tyler Smith and fullback Taylor Watson.
Donohue (Connecticut), Hawkins (Delaware), Pooler (Cincinnati) and Smith (Elon) have all since landed elsewhere.
In addition, Edsall said last month that defensive tackle Zach Kerr is ineligible this season.
—- Patrick Stevens